Content Area Literacy: Learners in Context

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<>Using the unique Learners in Context framework, top literacy researcher Mark Conley sets the new standard for content area reading books. This new and much-awaited book provides teachers with tools and techniques for helping adolescents develop a full complement of literacy skills necessary for learning across all content areas in today’s environment.

 

Due to ongoing advancements in technology, new demands of higher educational standards, state testing and the diverse needs of today’s adolescents, the field of adolescent literacy is rapidly changing. Content Area Literacy: Learners in Context provides teachers with tools for using content literacy to meet these demands by focusing on the learners and their unique contexts. Using cutting edge research in the field, Dr. Conley not only presents research-based teaching practices, but also connects the practices to learning strategies for students. As a result, instructors no longer have to “invent” practical applications or “suggest” learning outcomes for students.  As Dr. Donald Deshler from the Center for Research on Learning states “Dr. Conley has done a brilliant job of describing the context within which educational solutions must be generated and the form that these solutions must take in order to be embraced by teachers as well as to be sufficiently powerful to significantly improve student outcomes.”

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Dr. Donald Deshler from the Center for Research on Learning Sums It Up Best:

“Dr. Conley has done a brilliant job of describing the context within which educational solutions must be generated and the form that these solutions must take in order to be embraced by teachers as well as to be sufficiently powerful to significantly improve student outcomes.”

 

Using the unique Learners in Context framework, top literacy researcher Mark Conley sets the new standard for content area reading textbooks. This new and much-awaited text provides teachers with tools and techniques for helping adolescents develop a full complement of literacy skills necessary for learning across all content areas in today’s environment.

 

Due to ongoing advancements in technology, new demands of higher educational standards, state testing and the diverse needs of today’s adolescents, the field of adolescent literacy is rapidly changing. Content Area Literacy: Learners in Context provides teachers with tools for using content literacy to meet these demands by focusing on the learners and their unique contexts. Using cutting edge research in the field, Dr. Conley not only presents research-based teaching practices, but also connects the practices to learning strategies for students.

 

Your colleagues are talking up a storm about Content Area Literacy:

 

“This text presents a strong integration of theory, research and practice. It is the best on the market. My students will appreciate the writing style, abundant strategies, and current research. Teachers will appreciate the extra guidance in making accommodations for English learners and special needs learners. It is a wonderful addition to all content teachers’ libraries.”

Terrell Young, Washington State University

 

“This [text] is very well done, well-researched, and provides a comprehensive treatment of the learner, of content, and of the many instructional considerations and strategies that can positively influence students learning — in all content areas for really, all grade levels.”

Kathy Misulis, East Carolina University:

 

“The classroom scenarios are a definite aid in understanding the various pedagogical approaches presented in the text. The research briefs offer sound reasoning and support for the pedagogical approaches presented.”

Alyson Naquin, Nicholls State University

 

I particularly like how ELLs, struggling readers, and motivation are addressed throughout the book rather than in one chapter.”

Nancy Kolodziej, Tennessee Technological University

 

About the Author:

Mark W. Conley, a professor in the Department of Teacher Education at the University of Memphis, is a highly regarded academician, researcher, and author in the field of literacy. His cutting edge research efforts focus on the relationships between adolescent literacy and new demands for accountability, developing learning strategies in content area classrooms, and teaching beginning and practicing teachers how to implement learning strategies within their curricula. As an accomplished author, Dr. Conley has published several books and numerous articles on literacy assessment, content area literacy, and literacy policy, including Connecting Standards and Assessment through Literacy. With this publication of Content Area Literacy: Learners in Context, Dr. Conley connects content area literacy teaching and assessment practices to research-based learning strategies within the context of today’s challenges of assessment and accountability combined with new insights about adolescents and literacy.

 

Dr. Conley previously served as the coordinator of the doctoral program within the Department of Teacher Education at Michigan State University. Currently, Dr. Conley maintains a close connection with the practices and practitioners in today’s schools as the curriculum developer  and planner for the Memphis Literacy Corps, a literacy-tutoring program in Memphis City Schools involving 900 college age tutors and 3000 children. Dr. Conley has served on the Board of Directors for the National Reading Conference, 2006—2008. He continues to serve on the Quality Undergraduate Elementary and Secondary Teacher Education in Reading Task Force and Literacy Coach Task Force for the International Reading Association.

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