Literacy in the Early Years

Reflections on International Research and Practice

  • Claire J. McLachlan
  • Alison W. Arrow

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Claire J. McLachlan, Alison W. Arrow
    Pages 1-19
  3. Gunhild Tomter Alstad, Lise Iversen Kulbrandstad
    Pages 43-61
  4. William H. Wilson, Kauanoe Kamanā
    Pages 133-150
  5. Brian Finch, Alison W. Arrow
    Pages 221-238
  6. Alison W. Arrow, Claire J. McLachlan
    Pages 259-268
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 269-279

About this book


This edited collection provides an in-depth exploration of different aspects of contemporary early childhood literacy research and the implications for educational practice. Each chapter details how the research was conducted and any issues that researchers encountered in collecting data with very young children, as well as what the research findings mean for educational practice. It includes photographs of effective literacy practice, detailed explanations of research methods so the studies can be replicated or expanded upon, and key features for promoting effective literacy practice in early childhood settings. This book is an essential read for everyone who is interested in exploring the complexities and challenges of researching literacy acquisition in the youngest children.


Childhood literacy Colorado Child Temperament Inventory Digital technology in early childhood Early childhood curriculum and education Emergent writing instruction Hakalama Hawaiian Syllabic Reading Program Literacy assessment Professional development or learning Research methods in early childhood and literacy Storytelling Curriculum UN Convention on the Rights of the Child children’s views of literacy practices future of literacy research language diversity morphological awareness instruction participatory research approach sociocultural perspectives of literacy sociology of childhood ʻAha Pūnana Leo

Editors and affiliations

  • Claire J. McLachlan
    • 1
  • Alison W. Arrow
    • 2
  1. 1.University of WaikatoHamiltonNew Zealand
  2. 2.Massey UniversityPalmerston NorthNew Zealand

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media Singapore 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-981-10-2073-5
  • Online ISBN 978-981-10-2075-9
  • Series Print ISSN 2468-8746
  • Series Online ISSN 2468-8754
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