Five College Consortium

Emergence of Literacy

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Cognitive Science

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Hampshire College
The majority of adults are able to read fluently. However, when children learn to read, the process is dependent on a number of skills and requires a great deal of adult guidance. In this course we will discuss the cultural importance of literacy across societies and throughout childhood. We will focus on the development of the complex skill of reading, including phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, and higher-order processes that contribute to decoding and text comprehension. Because instruction can play a determining factor in children's acquisition of literacy skills, we will study early reading materials and examine strategies that are employed in the classroom to facilitate the acquisition of these skills. Evaluation will be based on class participation, a series of short papers, and a longer final project.

Mind, Brain, and Information Writing and Research Quantitative Skills

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Permission is required for interchange registration during the add/drop period only.
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Course Sections

Emergence of Literacy
Sect # Credits Instructor(s) Instructor Email Meeting Times Location
1 4.0

Melissa Burch

09:00AM-10:20AM M,W

Adele Simmons Hall 222