Understanding Reading: A Psycholinguistic Analysis of Reading and Learning to Read

Understanding Reading: A Psycholinguistic Analysis of Reading and Learning to Read

Understanding Reading: A Psycholinguistic Analysis of Reading and Learning to Read

Understanding Reading: A Psycholinguistic Analysis of Reading and Learning to Read

Synopsis

This sixth edition--a classic in the field of the psychology of reading--explains fundamental aspects of the complex human act of reading--linguistic, psychological, and social--and what is involved in learning to read. Fully updated, it examines current theories, instructional practices and controversies.

Excerpt

Here are extracts from the reports of two anonymous reviewers of the fifth edition of Understanding Reading:

Reviewer 1: “Frank Smith's research summarizes a generation of investigations across disciplines.… In one succinct, readable volume it comprises what I consider a thorough and incisive summation of core research, theory and interpretation. It represents a new mainstream in progressive reading research …. Its major strength is its straightforward, compelling presentation of approaches to reading and writing that are meaningful and salient to children. ”

Reviewer 2: “This volume contains partial truths, contradictions, and cites only references that support the author's view. Either the author is notfamtliar with the current research literature, or he deliberately avoids citing evidence that is contrary to his point of view. … This book is no recipe for improving reading skills of children, especially beginning readers and poor readers; it is a recipe for disaster. ”

Both reviewers are professors at university schools of education, experts in the field, with access to the same professional literature and with the same professional concerns. Yet a chasm separates . . .

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