TELLING A DIFFERENT STORY: Teaching and Literacy in an Urban Preschool.
Wilson introduces readers to Sara and Jorene, the two Head Start teachers, and then details the classroom's physical space, curriculum, and program policies and procedures. The literacy environment places a special emphasis on story reading.
Wilson uses critical theory to show how literacy practices assume meaning in a preschool classroom. She offers insight about the teachers' thoughts as they ponder and struggle with day-to-day decisions about practice in their unique environment. Through the ample use of anecdotes and teacher dialogue, Wilson helps the reader see how emergent literacy practice looks different in varying social and economic contexts. One begins to understand how, contrary to what is widely believed in the field, appropriate practice may not be as easily prescribed across contexts.
Intended for teachers and teacher educators, this book also is ideal for upper-division college and graduate courses dealing with literacy and social issues in education. While it can be a quick read, appreciating the complexity of the issues addressed takes thoughtful and perhaps multiple readings. Reviewed by Kathie Reid, Assistant Professor of Child and Family Sciences, California State University at Fresno.
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|Date:||Sep 22, 2001|
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