Blog #6 Two perspectives to fostering children’s literacy

Renate Valtin and Tiziana Mascia Two perspectives to fostering children’s literacy Full Paper can be dowloaded here. In the knowledge-based societies of the 21st Century, the rapid spread of new technologies and a constantly changing work environment, literacy learning is no longer limited to childhood and adolescence; but must be recognized as a lifelong need and requirement. However, in early childhood in the family and in preschool and the first years of primary school the foundation is laid for the rest of development. There is a vast body of literature suggesting measures, activities and methods to foster literacy in young children. In our paper we will present suggestions for an ideal reading life of children, age 0 to 10, mainly derived from two positions: ELINET, the European Literacy Policy Network, who offers a comprehensive societal approach and Maryanne Wolf, renowned scholar of literacy and the brain, currently directing the Center for Dyslexia, Diverse Learners and Social Justice at UCLA. She offers a person-oriented approach studying the reading brain, literacy development, and dyslexia from a cognitive neuroscience and developmental psycholinguistics perspective. These two broad concepts complement each other, and together they provide valuable recommendations for fostering children’s literacy. We will characterize … Continue reading Blog #6 Two perspectives to fostering children’s literacy