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Ways with Words: Language, Life And Work In Communities And Classrooms (Cambridge Paperback Library) Paperback – 7 Jul 1983

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'One of the classic texts in educational praxis.' American Scientist

'Deserves to be widely read by all researchers on child language.' Journal of Child Language

'A milestone in understanding the roots of school achievement.' London Review of Books

'Should become a point of reference for all discussions of spontaneous oral story telling.' Harvard Educational Review

' … captures the elusive nature of effective ethnography: involvement and empathy yield a sound and practical analysis.' Developments in Language Teaching

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This book, first published in 1983, raises fundamental questions about the nature of language development, the effects of literacy on oral language habits, and the sources of communication problems in schools and workplaces. Heath focuses on two communities, 'Roadville' and 'Tracton', which are only a few miles apart, but the language especially in children are very different.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Love this classic 27 April 2017
By Stephanie Loomis - Published on Amazon.com
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Bought this for my soon-to-be-teacher daughter just before a symposium with the author. Love this classic
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for educators 11 Dec. 2012
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This is a fabulous ethnography and should be required reading for anyone who works with young people. Heath details how a group of educators' assumptions about their students (and their inappropriate labeling of students with learning and behavioral deficits) is reversed when the teachers take the time to understand the communities their students come from.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A for effort 6 Jan. 2012
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The author put a tremendous amount of effort into this project. The result is a passionate account of her experiences in language acquisition research. Although she uses, in my humble opinion, overly-stuffy academic language, the education-researcher-gone-native aspect adds to the overall approachability of the book. A worthy read for any composition education or linguistics enthusiast.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love the literary quality to a research book 19 Nov. 2013
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Much of this book reads like a novel, and the ready comes to love the "characters" of these communities. It was a well-researched and documented study and very interesting to read.
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