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Gender and Literacy: A Handbook for Educators and Parents [Hardcover]

Karen A. Krasny

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Feb. 27 2013 031333675X 978-0313336751

Gender and Literacy: A Handbook for Educators and ParentS≪/i> focuses on issues related to the gendered experience of students from pre-kindergarten through grade 12, promoting an understanding that the issues surrounding gender cannot be reduced to broad generalizations. Author Karen A. Krasny seeks to make clear the complex notion of gender construction within the context of redefining what constitutes legitimate literacy practices in schools.

This handbook will help to guide educators, parents, and librarians by assisting them in the selection and evaluation of print and media resources. The first chapter explains the need to understand the complex relationship between gender and literacy. The bulk of the book provides readers with a critical review of the studies conducted to investigate gendered literacy practices, while the last three chapters focus on actionable strategies and policy making.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 198 pages
  • Publisher: Praeger (Feb. 27 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 031333675X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0313336751
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 15.5 x 1.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 499 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,175,996 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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• Provides both theoretical insight and practical knowledge

• Assists parents and educators in developing a critical understanding of issues related to gender and literacy beyond the popular rhetoric surrounding "boys and reading"

• Introduces readers to a comprehensive review of empirical studies investigating gendered discourse practices

• Examines the complex issues of gender and literacy through various theoretical lenses

Book Description

To the degree that gender is socially constructed and performative, language remains a primary means through which individuals conceive of themselves as gendered beings, and through which each person structures and performs gendered relations with others. This handbook provides a critical review of contemporary and foundational studies in gender and literacy to uncover how human potential is determined by our habits and assumptions regarding gender—and how our literacy practices often work to maintain those habits of action.

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