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The Literacy Wars
The Literacy Wars

The Literacy Wars

Why Teaching Children to Read and Write Is a Battleground in Australia


256 Pages, 8 x 5 1/2

Formats: Trade Paper, EPUB

Trade Paper, $25.95 (US $25.95) (CA $30.95)

Publication Date: September 2008

ISBN 9781741754247

Rights: US, CA, CN, KR & TW

Allen & Unwin (Sep 2008)


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Drawing comparisons with the United Kingdom and the United States, this educational reference details the often bitter disagreements that occur in Australia between the critics who want to reclaim old ways of teaching literacy and the educators who emphasize the possibilities for creative change. It illustrates the strong beliefs, deep divisions, and politicization of the debate, which has repercussions for policy decisions and funding. An essential reference for anyone involved with literacy education, this contention explains that the challenge facing literacy teachers everywhere is to find a balance between preserving the legacy of the past and preparing children for the literacy demands of the future.


"Ilana Snyder writes with customary clarity and verve, bringing much-needed insight to the field of literacy education." —Richard Andrews, professor, Institute of Education, University of London

Author Biography

Ilana Snyder is a education professor at Monash University and the author of Hypertext, Silicon Literacies, and Teachers and Technoliteracy.