Encyclopedia of Language and Education


  • Viv Edwards
  • David Corson

Part of the Encyclopedia of Language and Education book series (LANG, volume 2)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Focus on Reading

    1. Front Matter
      Pages xvii-xvii
    2. Kenneth S. Goodman
      Pages 1-7
    3. G. Brian Thompson
      Pages 9-17
    4. Bridie Raban
      Pages 19-26
    5. William E. Tunmer
      Pages 27-36
    6. Marie M. Clay
      Pages 37-46
    7. Viv Edwards
      Pages 47-56
  3. Focus on Writing

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 57-57
    2. Barbara Burnaby
      Pages 59-68
    3. Gretchen M. Owocki, Yetta M. Goodman
      Pages 77-85
    4. Sue Walker
      Pages 97-105
    5. Viv Edwards
      Pages 107-115
  4. Focus on the Social Context of Literacy

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 117-117
    2. John Edwards
      Pages 119-126
    3. Ludo Verhoeven
      Pages 127-132
    4. Brian V. Street
      Pages 133-141
    5. Allan Luke
      Pages 143-151
    6. Elsa Roberts Auerbach
      Pages 153-161
    7. Alan Rogers
      Pages 163-171
    8. R. K. Agnihotri
      Pages 173-179
    9. Chris Abbott
      Pages 181-188
  5. Focus on Selected Regions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 189-189
    2. Danielle Bechennec, Liliane Sprenger-Charolles
      Pages 191-198
    3. R. K. Agnihotri
      Pages 199-206
    4. Pieter Reitsma
      Pages 207-213
    5. Bente E. Hagtvet, Solveig-Alma H. Lyster
      Pages 225-233
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 235-265

About this book


Literacy is the second volume of the Encyclopedia of Language and Education, the first attempt to overview an area which has emerged as a coherent and exciting field of study in the last two decades. While forming part of a series of eight volumes, Literacy also stands on its own, drawing on some 25 state-of-the-art reviews of current concerns in the study of literacy prepared by leading writers and researchers.

The book is organised in four main sections: Reading, Writing, The Social Context of Literacy and Literacy Teaching in Selected Regions. The approach is multidisciplinary, drawing on insights from fields as diverse as anthropology and computer science, sociolinguistics and psychology. The international flavour of the volume is reflected not only in the choice of contributors from eleven different countries but also in the emphasis throughout on the impact of globalization on our understanding of literacy.


computer science encyclopedia of language and education language linguistics literacy reading process

Editors and affiliations

  • Viv Edwards
    • 1
  • David Corson
    • 2
  1. 1.University of ReadingEngland
  2. 2.The Ontario Institute for Studies in EducationUniversity of TorontoCanada

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