Holistic Approaches to Early Literacy Education

Free downloadable resource exploring theory, beliefs and values, and classroom practices.

Literacy is a complicated, multidimensional phenomenon that is inseparable from language, communication, and other social practices.There is no single all-encompassing theory that can fully explain the complexities of early literacy learning (Kress, 2003). The ways in which literacy is understood, or theorised shapes educators’ beliefs and values which, in turn, shape enactments of literacy curricula and classroom practices. This paper illustrates the theories, beliefs and values, and the classroom practices that underpin broad, balanced and inclusive approaches to literacy education in the early years.

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