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By Different Paths to Common Outcomes

– Marie M. Clay

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... a new, revised edition of her landmark collection of articles written with teachers in mindIncludes material not previously published in book form.

“Not all children walk the same path towards literacy.

Discerning teachers recognise one destination, but many differing journeys.”

 

Marie  M. Clay – renowned New Zealand teacher, developmental psychologist, literary researcher, writer – has had far-reaching international influence on literacy education for the past four decades.

    The kernel of her life’s work was her intense concern for all children to become literate. Teachers hold the key. So Marie Clay prepared this book to help classroom teachers develop professionally by raising their understanding of students’ differing paths to literacy. Ahead of its time when written, her book is even more relevant today.

    Marie Clay’s voice is fresh, clear, attuned to today’s issues, unswayed by passing fashions in pedagogy. She writes of real children in real classrooms, each child with individual needs and prior learning experiences. Thoughtful reading of this book will empower teachers to become flexible enough to meet and interact with each child, each personal journey towards literacy, until all reach the desired outcome.

    Readers of the first edition treasured the book as a superb professional guide. Now this new, revised edition will inspire a new generation of teachers. This collection of articles (now including the most recent -Talking, Reading and Writing) distils the findings of Marie Clay’s lifetime observations of young readers and writers – and of their teachers. Child-centred, research based, reader-friendly, By Different Paths to Common Outcomes represents a new ideal for best literacy practice.           

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