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Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Learning to Read

Culture, Cognition and Pedagogy

Kathy Hall, Usha Goswami, Colin Harrison, Sue Ellis, Janet Soler
Publication Date:
March 09, 2010
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258 pages

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  • About the Book

    Book Summary

    Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Learning to Read brings together different disciplinary perspectives and studies on reading for all those who seek to extend and enrich the current practice, research and policy debates. The breadth of knowledge that underpins pedagogy is a central theme and the book will help educators, policy-makers and researchers understand the full range of research perspectives that must inform decisions about the development of reading in schools. The book offers invaluable insights into learners who do not achieve their full potential. The chapters have been written by key figures in education, psychology, sociology and neuroscience, and promote discussion of:

    • comprehension
    • gender and literacy attainment
    • phonics and decoding
    • digital literacy at home and school
    • bilingual learners and reading
    • dyslexia and special educational needs
    • evidence based literacy
    • visual texts.

    This book encompasses a comprehensive range of conceptual perspectives on reading pedagogy and offers a wealth of new insights to support innovative research directions.


      Interdisciplinary draws on research from psychology, education, sociology and neuroscience. Will appeal to a wide audience interested in reading development

      Includes contributions from authors who are internationally recognized in the field such as Usha Goswami, Colin Harrison, Kathy Hall and Dominic Wyse

      Genuinely international cast of contributors

      Encompasses a comprehensive range of conceptual perspectives on reading and pedagogy

      Will encourage cross-fertilisation of ideas and new insights to support the development of pedagogy and suggest new directions for future research

  • Contents

    Acknowledgements Notes on Contributors 1. Significant lines of research in reading pedagogy Kathy Hall Part I: Families, Communities and Schools 2. The Ghosts of Reading Past, Present and Future: the Materiality of Reading in Homes and Schools Jackie Marsh  3. Reading Places Barbara Comber  4. Young Bilingual Learners: a socio-cultural perspective Rose Drury  Part II: Comprehension  5. Comprehension as a Social Act: Texts, Contexts and Readers Vivienne Smith  6. Reading for Meaning: the Skills that Support Reading Comprehension and its Development Kate Cain  7. New Literacies in The Elementary Classroom: the Instructional Dynamics Of Visual-Texts Dawnene D Hassett  Part III: Beginning to Read Print  8. Phonology, Reading and Reading Difficulties Usha Goswami  9. English is a Difficult Writing System for Children to Learn: Evidence from Children Learning to Read in Wales J. Richard Hanley  10. Contextualised Phonics Teaching Dominic Wyse  Part IV: Challenging Research, Policies and Pedagogies  11. What it Takes in Early Schooling to have Adolescents who are Skilled and Eager Readers and Writers William H. Teale, Kathleen A. Paciga and Jessica L. Hoffman  12. Classroom Interaction and Reading Pedagogy in the Early Years of School Henrietta Dombey  13. Dyslexia Lessons: The Politics of Dyslexia and Reading Problems Janet Soler  14. The Use of Evidence in Language and Literacy Teaching Sue Ellis  15. Why do Policy Makers find the 'Simple View of Reading' so Attractive, and Why do I Find it so Morally Repugnant? Colin Harrison  16. Policy and Pedagogy: Proficiency and Choice in the Literacy Classroom Gemma Moss  Part V: Teacher Education  17. The Practical and Political Dimensions of Teacher Knowledge: Implications for Reading Teacher Preparation and Research on Teaching James V. Hoffman & Melissa Mosley