The Literacy Cookbook. A Practical Guide to Effective Reading, Writing, Speaking, and Listening Instruction
- Language: English
- 256 Pages
- Published: December 2012
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Textbooks research over the last two to three decades tends to suggest that the availability of textbooks, especially in schools in developing countries, is associated with student achievement. Such conclusions based largely on quantitative studies provide very little information about pupils' access to and use of books, and the actual interaction between teachers, pupils and texts. This case study of classrooms in a public primary school in Ghana draws on observation, interviews and focus group discussions with teachers and reveals how a wide range of factors including classroom dynamics such as, class size, seating arrangements, classroom norms and culture, and teachers' understanding and interpretation of the official textbook policy,and pupils'ability to use English, the official language of instruction determine pupils' access to literacy,.
Kwasi Opoku-Amankwa is a Lecturer in the Department of Publishing Studies, at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Kumasi Ghana. He holds a PhD from the University of Reading in the UK. His research interests include textbooks analysis, communications, language and literacy.