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Language Development: A Reader for Teachersby Brenda Miller Power
Synopses & Reviews
This classic book combines landmark studies from key theorists with practical classroom examples in language development. Current and future teachers are given step-by-step guidance regarding the theories behind language development and inquiry techniques for understanding and investigating links between language and literacy in the classroom. Upon completing the book, readers will have the ability to test theories by observing and documenting language in their classrooms. Learning How to Research Language in Your Classroom; Historical Perspectives and Landmark Studies; Talk in Schools; Sociocultural and Personal Perspectives. For current and future teachers.
Book News Annotation:
Written for elementary school teachers, this textbook anthology offers guidance in understanding language development and collecting and analyzing data in the classroom. It provides historical perspectives exemplified by landmark studies, discuses verbal communication in schools, and details socio-cultural and personal perspectives. The contributors include linguists, psychologists, and educators like Rice, Piaget, Chomsky, Halliday, Newkirk, Schardt, Christensen, Ostrow, and Berube.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Table of Contents
Learning How to Research Language in Your Classroom.
PART I. HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVES AND LANDMARK STUDIES.
Children's Language Acquisition, Rice.
Excerpt from Thought and Language, Vygotsky.
Excerpt from Language and Thought of the Child, Piaget.
Language and the Mind from Psychology Today, Chomsky.
Encounter at Royaumont: The Debate between Jean Piaget and Noam Chomsky, Gardner.
Relevant Models of Language, Halliday.
Excerpt from Out of Silence, Martin.
Myths about Acquiring a Second Language, Samway and Mckeon.
Spoken Soul: What's Going On?, Rickford and Rickford.
A Lot of Talk about Nothing, Heath.
Crawling on the Bones of What We Know: An Interview with Shirley Brice Heath, Power.
PART II. TALK IN SCHOOLS.
Do Teachers Communicate with Their Students as if They Were Dogs?, Madden.
You Talk Too Much, Teacher Research Extension: Andie Cunningham.
Excerpt from Listening In (Telling Stories), Newkirk and McLure.
A Love of Words, Fletcher.
Ways to Look at the Functions of Children's Language, Pinnell.
An Unexpected Lesson in Language, Teacher Research Extension: Michelle Schardt.
What Should Teachers Do?: Ebonics and Culturally Responsive Instruction, Delpit.
Talking the Talk and Walking the Walk: Researching Oral Language in the Classroom, Gallas, et al.
The Research Mind Is Really the Teaching Mind at Its Best: An Interview with Karen Gallas, MacKay.
Focusing on Student Talk, Teacher Research Extension: Sherry Young.
Examining Teacher Talk: Revealing Hidden Boundaries for Curricular Change, Rowe.
Inquiry Purpose in the Classroom, Lindfors.
PART III. SOCIOCULTURAL AND PERSONAL PERSPECTIVES.
Whose Standard? Teaching Standard English, Christensen.
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