Dimensions of Literacy: A Conceptual Base for Teaching Reading and Writing in School Settings

4th Edition

Stephen B. Kucer

Published January 24, 2014
Textbook - 384 Pages
ISBN 9780415826464 - CAT# Y149067

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This popular text, now in its fourth edition, “unpacks” the various dimensions of literacy—linguistic and other sign systems; cognitive; sociocultural; and developmental—and at the same time accounts for the interrelationships among them. Distinguished by its examination of literacy from a multidimensional and interdisciplinary perspective, it provides a strong conceptual foundation upon which literacy curriculum and instruction in school settings can be grounded.

Linking theory and research to practice in an understandable, user-friendly manner, the text provides in-depth coverage of the dimensions of literacy, includes demonstrations and “hands-on” activities, examines authentic reading and writing events that reflect key concepts, and summarizes the concepts in tables and figures.

Changes in the Fourth Edition
• Addresses academic language, new literacies/multiliteracies, and their relationship to literacy learning
• More fully develops the developmental dimension of literacy in separate chapters on adult mediation and learner  construction
• Expands the discussion of multimodal literacies
• Extends and integrates the discussion of bilingualism and biliteracy throughout the text
• Integrates instructional implications more fully throughout



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