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Tales of Literacy for the 21st Century


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1: Introduction 2: The Linguist's Tale 3: A Child's Tale 4: A Neuroscientist's Tale of Words 5: The Deep Reading Brain 6: A Second Revolution in the Brain 7: A Literacy Agenda for Non-Literate Children

About the Author

Maryanne Wolf is the John DiBiaggio Professor of Citizenship and Public Service and Director of the Center for Reading and Language Research, at Tufts University. With her doctoral degree from Harvard University, and two degrees in Literature from Northwestern and St. Marys College/Notre Dame, she is a cognitive neuroscientist who conducts research on the reading brain, dyslexia, and global literacy. Author of over 130 scientific publications, and the recipient of multiple awards for teaching, research, and public service, Wolf wrote Proust and the Squid: The Story and Science of the Reading Brain, now translated into 13 languages. She and her colleagues are developing digital learning tools to bring literacy to children in poverty around the world.


Essentially, the reader is here treated to two books in one-a thorough review of how deep reading and digital literacy are differently represented in the human brain, and a report on a global project to bring literacy to children (and adults) who, without mentors or teachers, would not have any other path to achieving it [...] both parts are well worth reading: erudite, well written and edited, and accessibly illustrated. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in state-of-the-art research on literacy. * Children's Literature Association Quarterly *
I applaud Wolf. Tales of Literacy for the 21st Century provides readers with ample background information before building up to discuss case studies that use apps and tablets as reading tools. Rather than writing off digital culture as an impediment to learning-a view that is expected and trite in today's age-Wolf argues technology's potential. It is a refreshing perspective that is sure to foment productive discussion. Ergo, I suggest Wolf's text for anyone invested in education. * Lauren Stepp, Research in Online Literacy Education (ROLE) *

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