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Handbook of Early Literacy Research


reviewed by Pamela J. Rossi — 2002

coverTitle: Handbook of Early Literacy Research
Author(s): Susan B. Neuman and David K. Dickinson (Editors)
Publisher: Guilford Press, New York
ISBN: 157230653X, Pages: 494, Year: 2001
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The Handbook of Early Literacy Research, edited by Susan B. Neuman and David K. Dickinson, is a collection of thirty chapters from forty-five contributors, primarily university faculty, representing a wide range of disciplinary perspectives.  Neuman and Dickinson are both active, nationally recognized scholars.  As this volume went to press, Neuman resigned from the International Reading Association’s Board of Directors to begin an appointment as Assistant U.S. Secretary of Education for Elementary and Secondary Education.  Together, the editors focus this complex 494-page volume on the “now-and-future phase of work in early literacy” (p. 3).  They hope it “will help promote cross-fertilization of theories and practices among those who are addressing similar issues from distinct perspectives” (p. 4).   The majority of chapter authors represent two fields, education and psychology, with scholarship ranging from child and human development, special and general education, linguistics and sociology, cognitive science and psychology, communication disorders and pediatrics, to genetics and social policy.  While criteria for inclusion are not given, most contributions cluster in the eastern United States, particularly... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 104 Number 5, 2002, p. 962-965
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 10880, Date Accessed: 4/17/2014 11:26:40 AM

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  • Pamela Rossi
    University of New Mexico
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    Pamela J. Rossi is Assistant Professor of Language, Literacy, and Sociocultural Studies at the University of New Mexico, where she teaches courses in language arts, reading, and children’s literature for undergraduates and graduates in Albuquerque, and post-baccalaureate interns in Santa Fe. She also co-coordinates a teacher education program that prepares teachers with dual licenses in general and special education. A former teacher of young children, she has several specializations in the education of exceptional children, and extensive experience with indigenous first graders and teachers. While at the University of Arizona, Tucson, she was awarded one of the first university-wide Dean’s Fellowships for creativity and scholarship in dissertation research for her study of multiple literacies and young children’s opera. Dr. Rossi’s work crosses traditional disciplinary boundaries and is focused at the nexus of elementary language arts/ literacy; general, special, and indigenous education; and the arts. Her publications have appeared in Language Arts, Youth Theatre Journal, Bilingual Review Press, and The Journal of the Association for Persons with Severe Handicaps. She is currently preparing a book for practitioners on multiple literacies through the creative arts.
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