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Steps to Success: Crossing the Bridge Between Literacy Research and Practice

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Kristen A. Munger, SUNY Oswego

Copyright Year: 2016

ISBN 13: 9781942341222

Publisher: Open SUNY

Language: English

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Reviewed by Michaela Koch, Instructor of Education, Clarke University on 1/4/24

The text covers appropriate areas related to literacy, and the table of contents makes it easy to jump between content areas. The reference lists throughout the text are detailed and complete, but the lack of index/glossary is why I rated this 4/5. read more

Reviewed by Micah Walker, NTT, Western Oregon University on 12/3/22

Provides a real nice overview of the various concepts from foundational skills to content literacy strategies. read more

Reviewed by Amy Bowden, Instructor, Western Oregon University on 3/11/22

Overall, I found this book to be fairly comprehensive, although there were a few key components that would have improved the readability and organization of this book. The beginning pages are quite helpful. A foreword by Kathleen Hinchman, a... read more

Reviewed by Norma Linda Mattingly, Associate Professor, Mount Mercy University on 12/25/21

The book had a table of contents and the first chapter provided a brief introduction to the field of literacy. Each chapter includes specific definitions of key literacy & educational terms, clearly enumerates learning objectives, and contains... read more

Reviewed by Jennifer Thoma, Assistant Professor, Drake University on 11/18/21

The text covers many aspects of literacy research and practices, some that are not covered in traditional literacy assessment texts. Due to its comprehensive nature, each section provides an overview and does not necessarily cover the depth of... read more

Reviewed by Maggie Berg, Professor, University of Northern Colorado on 5/13/21

Steps to Success: Crossing the Bridge Between Literacy Research and Practice is an excellent textbook for the basics of literacy particularly for the younger elementary students. read more

Reviewed by Shelly Meyers, Professor of Elementary Education, Limestone University on 3/8/21

The text covers a wide array of topics in literacy research and best practices. Even though the copyright is 2016, the text still represents most topics in more recent research. (A new edition to reflect the most recent Science of Reading research... read more

Reviewed by David Almeida, Professor, Bridgewater State University on 5/27/20

The book covers information gleaned from valid research from The National Commission on Excellence in Education, through The National Reading Panel Report, to valid current research in literacy theory and instruction. read more

Reviewed by Shuling Yang, Assistant Professor, East Tennessee State University on 3/6/20

The book has an extensive span from early literacy, foundations of literacy, intermediate literacy, writing, to teacher's self-identity. It has 13 chapters and incorporated most recent literature. read more

Reviewed by Ronda Fritz, Associate Professor, Eastern Oregon University on 1/5/20

The text covered a wide range of topics related to literacy, but did so comprehensively for a text that might be used for an introductory course on literacy instruction. Because it was covering such a wide range, it didn't delve deeply into any... read more

Reviewed by Kathy Meyer Reimer, Professor, Goshen College on 7/15/19

This text is generally comprehensive in its coverage of literacy instruction areas (vocabulary, writing, word recognition, background knowledge, etc), developmental levels from elementary school through high school, literacy with different... read more

Reviewed by Kay W. Kelly, Adjunct instructor and supervisor, Marian University on 4/11/19

In this text, literacy is defined as involving reading, writing, listening, speaking, viewing and performing. My teachers often find it difficult to create a literacy lesson/unit that includes all of these aspects, especially the artistic aspects.... read more

Reviewed by Sara Miller, Associate Professor, Longwood University on 3/28/19

The authors do a nice job of thoroughly covering important aspects of literacy research and how this impacts (or should impact) practice. read more

Reviewed by Aeve Abington-Pitre, Assistant Professor of Reading Education, ULL on 3/25/19

The essential elements of literacy foundation I am seeking in a textbook, was very appropriate and concise. read more

Reviewed by Mary Anderson, Assistant Professor, Winona State University on 6/19/18

The text covered all areas in the table of contents. The book had many areas of importance. The first eleven chapters were practical and included examples of strategies and activities for the classroom. The last three chapters were more... read more

Reviewed by Mary Anderson , Assistant Professor , Winona State University on 5/21/18

The text covered all areas in the table of contents. The book had many areas of importance. The first eleven chapters were practical and included examples of strategies and activities for the classroom. The last three chapters were more... read more

Reviewed by Jane Kelley, Associate Professor, Washington State University on 5/21/18

The book addresses most of the topics for a course about literacy methods. However, two areas that could be added are: the cueing systems and the stages of spelling development. read more

Reviewed by Tara Wilson, Assistance Professor , University of Texas - Permian Basin on 5/21/18

Wow! The editor of text did a fantastic job incorporating multiple areas of literacy! I like how each chapter can be read separate from one another, but there are references to other chapters so that the reader knows where to look for additional... read more

Reviewed by Xiang Shen, Visiting Assistant Professor, Miami University on 2/1/18

This textbook addresses a wide range of topics in the field of literacy. Authors did a great job preparing readers to follow the ideas from the introduction to literacy, word-level and text-level literacy all the way to the new literacy and other... read more

Reviewed by Mikkaka Overstreet, Assistant Professor of Reading Education, East Carolina University on 2/1/18

This text covers a great deal of relevant current literacy research, without feeling too broad or disconnected. The topics are covered thoroughly and in such ways that both novices and seasoned readers alike can understand and learn from the... read more

Reviewed by Brooke Hardin, Instructor, Appalachian State University on 2/1/18

The text offers a variety of view points, with a different topic and author for each chapter. This approach provides diverse perspectives on major/critical issues in literacy. There is not a glossary for the text, but this does not take away from... read more

Reviewed by Yun-Ting Hung, Assistant Professor, Metropolitan State University on 2/1/18

The textbook is very comprehensive. The authors provide an in-depth explanation of different theory and concepts. In addition, classroom based and real life examples were provided. I can see teacher candidates and in service teachers apply the... read more

Reviewed by Beth Beschorner, Assistant Professor, Minnesota State University, Mankato on 2/8/17

As the author states, "this book spans many topics related to literacy teaching and learning". Chapters are included on several topics related to literacy research and instructional practices that are fundamental to understanding the key aspects... read more

Reviewed by Kim Skinner, Assistant Professor, Louisiana State University on 2/8/17

The fourteen chapters in Steps to Success: Crossing the Bridge Between Literacy Research and Practice are both comprehensive and concise, making this edited collection particularly appealing to educators and students alike. The chapters contained... read more

Reviewed by Kenneth Farizo, Assistant Professor, University of New Orleans on 2/8/17

The text provides multiple points of view, with a different topic and author for each chapter. This approach offers a variety of perspectives on major issues in literacy. All sections of the text are well-organized, including table of contents,... read more

Reviewed by Cathryn Lambeth, Associate Professor, College of Education, Concordia University, Portland on 12/5/16

One of the strengths of this text is the inclusion of chapters relating to current best practices in literacy instruction. Specifically, the chapters covering the link between assessment and literacy instruction and interventions, relating to... read more

Reviewed by Gregory Koers, Instructor, Colorado State University on 12/5/16

This book is very comprehensive and would effectively serve as an excellent text for teacher practitioners. read more

Table of Contents

  • 1. A Brief Introduction to Literacy
  • 2. Key Ideas for Evaluating Scientifically-Based Approaches to Literacy Instruction
  • 3. Word Recognition Skills: One of Two Essential Components of Reading Comprehension
  • 4. Language Comprehension Ability: One of Two Essential Components of Reading Comprehension
  • 5. Types of Literacy Assessment: Principles, Procedures, and Applications
  • 6. Approaches to Writing Instruction in Elementary Classrooms
  • 7. Influence of the Digital Age on Children's Literature and Its Use in the Classroom
  • 8. Helping English Language Learners Develop Literacy Skills and Succeed Academically
  • 9. Literacy Instruction for Students with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • 10. Twenty-First Century Perspectives on Adolescent Literacy and Instruction
  • 11. Teaching as a Writer—Assigning as a Reader
  • 12. Culturally Responsive Disciplinary Literacy Strategies Instruction
  • 13. World Language and Literacy Learning
  • 14. Teacher Discourses and Identities: Understanding Your Teaching Self

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About the Book

Steps to Success: Crossing the Bridge Between Literacy Research and Practice introduces instructional strategies linked to the most current research-supported practices in the field of literacy. The book includes chapters related to scientifically-based literacy research, early literacy development, literacy assessment, digital age influences on children's literature, literacy development in underserved student groups, secondary literacy instructional strategies, literacy and modern language, and critical discourse analysis. Chapters are written by authors with expertise in both college teaching and the delivery of research-supported literacy practices in schools. The book features detailed explanations of a wide variety of literacy strategies that can be implemented by both beginning and expert practitioners. Readers will gain knowledge about topics frequently covered in college literacy courses, along with guided practice for applying this knowledge in their future or current classrooms. The book's success-oriented framework helps guide educators toward improving their own practices and is designed to foster the literacy development of students of all ages.

About the Contributors


Kristen A. Munger, PhD, is Associate Dean in the School of Education at SUNY Oswego. Prior to becoming Associate Dean, she was a faculty member in the Counseling and Psychological Services Department at SUNY Oswego, where she taught graduate courses in academic intervention, emotional intervention, and research methods. She also taught practicum and internship courses in school psychology, as well as a course in assessment to preservice teachers. She earned her PhD from Syracuse University in Reading Education and MS in School Psychology from SUNY Oswego. Before beginning her doctoral work at Syracuse University, she practiced as a school psychologist in New York State schools for 12 years. During that time, she developed a persistent interest in literacy development, assessment, and instruction.

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