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Other People's Words: The Cycle of Low Literacy

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If asked to identify which children rank lowest in relation to national educational norms, have higher school dropout and absence rates, and more commonly experience learning problems, few of us would know the answer: white, urban Appalachian children. These are the children and grandchildren of Appalachian families who migrated to northern cities in the 1950s to look for work. They make up this largely "invisible" urban group, a minority that represents a significant portion of the urban poor. Literacy researchers have rarely studied urban Appalachians, yet, as Victoria Purcell-Gates demonstrates in Other People's Words, their often severe literacy problems provide a unique perspective on literacy and the relationship between print and culture.

A compelling case study details the author's work with one such family. The parents, who attended school off and on through the seventh grade, are unable to use public transportation, shop easily, or understand the homework their elementary-school-age son brings home because neither of them can read. But the family is not so much illiterate as low literate--the world they inhabit is an oral one, their heritage one where print had no inherent use and no inherent meaning. They have as much to learn about the culture of literacy as about written language itself.

Purcell-Gates shows how access to literacy has been blocked by a confluence of factors: negative cultural stereotypes, cultural and linguistic elitism, and pedagogical obtuseness. She calls for the recruitment and training of "proactive" teachers who can assess and encourage children's progress and outlines specific intervention strategies.

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If asked to identify which children rank lowest in relation to national educational norms, have higher school dropout and absence rates, and more commonly experience learning problems, few of us would know the answer: white, urban Appalachian children. These are the children and grandchildren of Appalachian families who migrated to northern cities in the 1950s to look for work. They make up this largely "invisible" urban group, a minority that represents a significant portion of the urban poor. Literacy researchers have rarely studied urban Appalachians, yet, as Victoria Purcell-Gates demonstrates in Other People's Words, their often severe literacy problems provide a unique perspective on literacy and the relationship between print and culture. A compelling case study details the author's work with one such family.

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1996 Grawemeyer Award in Education, University of Louisville

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obtuseness. She calls for the recruitment and training of "proactive" teachers who can assess and encourage children's progress and outlines specific intervention strategies.

About the Author

Victoria Purcell-Gates is Canada Research Chair in Early Childhood Literacy at the University of British Columbia.

University of British Columbia

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction: Literacy, Schools, and Society

1. Nonliterate in an American City

2. Jenny and Donny's World

3. A World without Print

4. Becoming Literate: Donny

5. In Her Own Words: Jenny

6. Print Enters the World of Donny and Jenny

7. Who Reads and Writes in My World?

8. Exclusion and Access

9. The Complexities of Culture, Language, Literacy, and Cognition

Appendix: Research Procedures and Stances

Notes

References

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780674645110
Author:
Purcell-Gates, Victoria
Author:
Gates, Victoria Purcell-
Author:
Purcell-Gates, Victoria
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Location:
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Subject:
General
Subject:
Teaching Methods & Materials - General
Subject:
Teaching Methods & Materials - Classroom Planning
Subject:
Sociology
Subject:
Research
Subject:
Literacy
Subject:
Educational anthropology
Subject:
General education.
Subject:
People with social disabilities
Subject:
Education-General
Subject:
Education -- Research.
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
97
Publication Date:
March 1997
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
None
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
8 x 6 in 8 oz

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"Synopsis" by , If asked to identify which children rank lowest in relation to national educational norms, have higher school dropout and absence rates, and more commonly experience learning problems, few of us would know the answer: white, urban Appalachian children. These are the children and grandchildren of Appalachian families who migrated to northern cities in the 1950s to look for work. They make up this largely "invisible" urban group, a minority that represents a significant portion of the urban poor. Literacy researchers have rarely studied urban Appalachians, yet, as Victoria Purcell-Gates demonstrates in Other People's Words, their often severe literacy problems provide a unique perspective on literacy and the relationship between print and culture. A compelling case study details the author's work with one such family.
"Synopsis" by , 1996 Grawemeyer Award in Education, University of Louisville
"Synopsis" by , obtuseness. She calls for the recruitment and training of "proactive" teachers who can assess and encourage children's progress and outlines specific intervention strategies.
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