Building Literacy Instruction From Children's Sociocultural Worlds

Victoria Purcell-Gates, Gigliana Melzi, Behnosh Najafi, Marjorie Faulstich Orellana

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This article demonstrates that children's language and literacy development shares an inextricable relationship with their social and cultural worlds. Cultural factors always shape the ways different communities engage in reading and writing. Young English language learners bring culturally shaped beliefs and experiences regarding reading and writing to school, where they are taught important beginning literacy skills and practices that may not fit with their previous experiences. This article calls for carefully designed research that explores promising curricular modifications that may increase the early literacy abilities of children from cultural and linguistic backgrounds different from mainstream educational environments.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)22-27
Number of pages6
JournalChild Development Perspectives
Volume5
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2011

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Keywords

  • Culturally responsive early literacy instruction
  • Young multicultural learners
  • Young multilingual learners

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  • Life-span and Life-course Studies
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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Building Literacy Instruction From Children's Sociocultural Worlds. / Purcell-Gates, Victoria; Melzi, Gigliana; Najafi, Behnosh; Orellana, Marjorie Faulstich.

In: Child Development Perspectives, Vol. 5, No. 1, 03.2011, p. 22-27.

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Purcell-Gates, Victoria ; Melzi, Gigliana ; Najafi, Behnosh ; Orellana, Marjorie Faulstich. / Building Literacy Instruction From Children's Sociocultural Worlds. In: Child Development Perspectives. 2011 ; Vol. 5, No. 1. pp. 22-27.
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