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This paper argues that the creation of communities of literacy practice in classrooms can contribute to students' development of learnings of and about language, literacy, and texts. Such development can occur when literacy learning is seen as a social practice shaped by complex and dynamic participants and events. In these communities, participants interact to construct knowledge; they take on different roles and are engaged with language, literacy, and texts in reflective and critically thoughtful ways. Pedagogies refer to teaching approaches that recognize individual abilities and needs and aim to develop deep understanding, higher order thinking skills, an appreciation of multiple points of view, and a willingness to engage in social action. The five approaches recommended are: explicit teaching; scaffolding; joint construction; guided speaking, listening, reading, and writing; and teaching for repetition and practice. Attention to the provision of meaningful environments, the teacher's and students' roles, and the use of pedagogies such as have been suggested in the paper as features of communities of literacy practice will foster these goals. Contains 31 references. (NKA)

Descriptors: Classroom Environment, Classroom Techniques, Elementary Education, Literacy, Student Development, Student Role, Teacher Role, Teaching Methods

Author: van Kraayenoord, Christina E.

Source: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=9797&id=ED447444

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