‘Supposing’: reading between the lines: an allegorical account of contemporary debates on literacy acquisition

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Telling stories is a basic human activity. It enables us to organise, evaluate and transform what we see going on around us. It allows us to make sense of what is happening, to defy what is ephemeral in our experience. In short, it helps us to read the signs and between the lines. In the story that follows, we shall watch how Little Monster struggles with the apparently random and inexplicable and strives to make order out of chaos. He is fortunate to have a mother who regards story‐telling as a significant determinant of his psycho‐social well‐being. Indeed, there are those who would argue that engaging in the construction of narrative is a precondition for literacy development, academic success and enhanced life chances. Our second story begins here, as we exploit the potential of narrative to function as a developmental turning‐point in our understanding of contemporary debates on early literacy acquisition in the context of the National Evaluation of the Early Intervention Programme in Scotland.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)348-363
JournalBritish Journal of Educational Studies
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 1999
Externally publishedYes


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