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Overview

While most children learn to read fairly well, there remain many young Americans whose futures are imperiled because they do not read well enough to meet the demands of our competitive, technology-driven society. This book explores the problem within the context of social, historical, cultural, and biological factors.

Recommendations address the identification of groups of children at risk, effective instruction for the preschool and early grades, effective approaches to dialects and bilingualism, the importance of these findings for the professional development of teachers, and gaps that remain in our understanding of how children learn to read. Implications for parents, teachers, schools, communities, the media, and government at all levels are discussed.

The book examines the epidemiology of reading problems and introduces the concepts used by experts in the field. In a clear and readable narrative, word identification, comprehension, and other processes in normal reading development are discussed.

Against the background of normal progress, Preventing Reading Difficulties in Young Children examines factors that put children at risk of poor reading. It explores in detail how literacy can be fostered from birth through kindergarten and the primary grades, including evaluation of philosophies, systems, and materials commonly used to teach reading.

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Editorial Reviews

Newsday
The largest study of its kind ever attempted, which tackles some of the most explosive issues in education.
The New York Times
The book that 'could serve as a road map to national standards.'
Los Angeles Times
A long-awaited report on how to best teach children to read.
The Boston Globe
The contentious, decades-long debate about how to teach reading is over.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780309064187
  • Publisher: National Academies Press
  • Publication date: 6/22/1998
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 1,244,897
  • Product dimensions: 6.28 (w) x 9.04 (h) x 1.27 (d)

Table of Contents

Executive Summary 1
Pt. I Introduction to Reading 15
1 Introduction 17
2 The Process of Learning to Read 41
Pt. II Who are we Talking about? 85
3 Who has Reading Difficulties? 87
4 Predictors of Success and Failure in Reading 100
Pt. III Prevention and Intervention 135
5 Preventing Reading Difficulties Before Kindergarten 137
6 Instructional Strategies for Kindergarten and the Primary Grades 172
7 Organizational Strategies for Kindergarten and the Primary Grades 226
8 Helping Children with Reading Difficulties in Grades 1 to 3 247
Pt. IV Knowledge into Action 275
9 The Agents of Change 277
10 Recommendations for Practice and Research 313
References 345
Biographical Sketches 397
Index 406
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