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Introduction

This volume presents an overview of current ideas on key issues in literacy acquisition, from early childhood to adolescence. These ideas have been developed in the social and behavioural sciences, in particular in the areas of experimental, developmental and educational psychology. The role of social context in the various stages of learning to read and write is the leading theme throughout the book. The contributions, all written by specialists in their field, present the reader with a broad sketch of reading acquisition, in particular with regard to the existing diversity in methods and approach of researchers.