Based on current research, debates and concerns, this Reader adopts a cross disciplinary approach to understanding and working with those who experience difficulties with literacy. It provides a broad view of difficulties in literacy and related educational and curriculum learning issues across a range of ages, phases and settings. The Reader first considers questions of literacy, before going on to look at literacy development in relation to: Issues and concepts in public reading debates. " Literacy curriculum policy contexts. " Community, family, society and individual identity. " Social justice and equity issues and learning disabilities. This Reader is relevant to all postgraduate students of Literacy, as well as educators, professionals and policy makers."