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Context of Early Literacy Education

Day 2, 1st Timeslot

The partcipation for this day is only possible with a personal invitation.

Workshop 1: Social Parameters

Panel Discussion

  • Louise Chatwick, Booktrust UK
  • Christian Füller, Author and Editor Education at taz, die tageszeitung (Moderator)
  • Rammohan Khanapurkar, Observer Research Foundation, India
  • Ivani C. Nacked, Instituto Brasil Leitor, Brasil
  • Lynn Stefano, Family Literacy Project, South Africa
  • Prof. em. Karin Taube, PhD, Umeå University, Sweden

One of the most challenging obstacles for educational success has always been socio-demography. In the majority of countries the parents’ education, income and social status are the main determinants of a child’s future prospects. The importance of literacy skills as major constituents of education cannot be overestimated in this context. A panel discussion will address and summarize the most significant social premises and their consequences.

Workshop 2: Cultural Parameters

Panel Discussion

  • Catrin Anderer, Fly Hamburg, Germany
  • Prof. Dr. Doris Edelmann, Pädagogische Hochschule St. Gallen, Switzerland
  • Dr. Ira Gawlitzek, University of Vienna, Austria
  • Dr. Christine Jones Diaz, University of Sydney, Australia
  • Prof. Marja-Leena Laakso, Department of Education, University of Jyväskylä, Finland
  • Umesh Malhotra, Hippocampus, India
  • Dr. Miriam Westheimer, Hippy International, USA (Moderator)

In multi-cultural modern highly developed countries, different cultural understandings of education, childhood and responsibilities must not be ignored. Inclusive educational consider bilingualism, cultural diversity and multi-ethnicity rather as chances than obstacle. Nevertheless, growing up with two different languages at home and outside as well as possibly two different sets of moral framework is not easy. This must be taken into consideration in early literacy education.

Workshop 3: Integrated Early Literacy Education

Lecture Forum

  • Univ.-Prof. Dr. Magarete Imhof, Department of Educational Psychology, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, International Listening Association, Germany
  • Karin Plötz (Moderator), Litcam, Germany
  • Prof. Charles L. Mifsud, PhD, University of Malta, Centre for Literacy, Malta
  • Dipl.-Kffr. Barbara Schindelhauer, MSc, Institute for pre-school learning, Germany 
  • Dr habil. Sascha Schroeder, Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Germany

During the first day, Literacy was specifically defined for this expert conference in a rather narrow way, intentionally ignoring other aspects of a holistic literacy understanding to render the conference’s subject more precisely. But no doubt, language and literacy skills can impossibly be thought and taught without thinking and teaching fundamental numeric, artistic, health- or movement-related skills to children.

Workshop 4: Latest Scientific Findings on Early Literacy Education

Lecture Forum

  • Gerlien van Dalen (Moderator), Stichting Lezen, Netherlands
  • Shannon Ayers, PhD, NIEER, USA
  • Dr. Simone C. Ehmig, Stiftung Lesen, Germany
  • Anders Skriver Jensen, Aarhus University, Denmark
  • Roseli Monaco, Instituto Brasil Leitor (IBL), Brasil

It seems obvious how and foremost that Early Literacy Education is of central importance for children’s later development and chances to educational success. But in an information-based world, rarely anything is as important as facts. Statistical surveys have shown the empirical truth of these intuitive assumptions and if nothing else, the international PISA-study firmly emphasized the need for action in the field of ELE.



Context of Early Lite..