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Language and Literacy Development in Early Childhood


22 June 2016

The book emphasises the importance of imagination and the arts including quality literature in language learning
The book emphasises the importance of imagination and the arts including quality literature in language learning

A new book by leading researchers in the Faculty of Education and Social Work aims to provide pre-service and experienced teachers as well as interested parents and caregivers with an integrated approach to language and literacy learning in early childhood.

Authored by Professor Robyn Ewing, Dr Jon Callow and Dr Kathleen Rushton with contributions by Dr Victoria Campbell and Associate Professor Lisa Kervin, Language and Literacy Development in Early Childhoodexplores how children learn to make meaning as they play with language, imagine, learn to talk and become literate - from birth through to the early school years.

Grounded in current research and practice the book represents the authors’ serious commitment to the right of every child to have rich and creative opportunities to develop the multiplicity of language and literacy skills that will equip them for the complexities of 21st century living.

It emphasises the importance of imagination and the arts including quality literature in language learning.

A wide range of contemporary issues are highlighted including the impact of diverse socioeconomic, language and cultural backgrounds on young children's language and literacy development.

The book also shows how early childhood teachers can effectively partner with parents and caregivers to help children learn through and about language.

Case studies, vignettes, interviews, reflective questions, a rich array of practical and creative activities and online resources for use in early childhood contexts and settings ensure the book will be a valuable addition to this critical area.