With more than 250,000 copies in print around the world, What's Whole in Whole Language is now back in print in this updated 20th anniversary edition, which includes a new afterword by the author.
This book contributed to a grassroots movement that has united students, parents, and teachers. Whole language is now a vital part of the curriculum in schools spread across the Americas, Asia, Australia, Europe, and Africa.
The success of whole language has made author Ken Goodman a sought-after speaker at educational conferences around the world. "Everything I know," he says, "I've learned from kids."
The books major purpose is to describe the essence of the whole language movement - its basis, its features, and its future. More specifically it will:
- describe what we know about language and language development;
- present a whole language perspective on literacy development, both reading and writing;
- provide criteria that parents and teachers can use in helping children to develop literacy;
- mention examples of whole language programs that are already at work; and
- suggest directions for building whole language programs and transforming existing programs into whole language programs.