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Boundless Horizons

Marie Clay's search for the possible in children's literacy

"Boundless Horizons tells the extraordinary story of Marie Clay's lifelong search for new possibilities in teaching young children to read and write. 'What is possible for children with reading problems? What would have to change?' Observing young readers in ordinary classrooms she uncovered explanations of how children take on literacy learning and how that learning changes over time. From those discoveries arose the internationally successful literacy intervention for children having temporary difficulty - Reading Recovery.

This book is written for all professionals who are seeking better possibilities for children struggling to read and write. A major theme is the enduring commitment to the child becoming an independent reader and writer, but Marie Clay also extended her inquiries to teachers. She demonstrated ways in which research, theory, and practice can interact. And because her research was rooted in the real world, teachers and teacher educators will find in it new possibilities to widen the horizons of their work.

Readers of Boundless Horizons will gain an understanding of the concepts and principles underlying Reading Recovery, and an insight into why this originally small, local project has taken wing to far places, in undreamed-of ways. Marie Clay has left a challenging legacy: to continue that search for possibilities, keeping to her strict standards of research, practice, and international dissemination. Her work will guide dedicated professionals who will continue to be surprised and delighted by what is possible, as the horizons ever extend. "

Ages: 5-7 | Pages: 27 | Code: EBGE0221 | ISBN: 9781927293133

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Marie Clay

For three decades Marie Clay has been acknowledged as a world leader in research on literacy learning, child development and the prevention of learning disorders.

Her early academic work as a child psychologist involved the observation and study of children as they acquire literacy. An outcome of this research was the development of reliable tools for assessing progress with literacy learning and these instruments have been published and are widely used around the world today.

Marie's decision to focus on struggling learners and the resulting development of the Reading Recovery early intervention changed how the education community worldwide viewed these children's chances of becoming literate.

There are many other publications by Marie Clay in the areas of writing, oral language and classroom learning.