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This brief, thought-provoking collection evaluates historical perspectives in reading to show how current reading practices have developed over time and provides an understanding of the development of significant issues in the field of literacy education.
Richard Robinson carefully chose 46 selections with several aims in mind: to include the historical perspective so often neglected in other texts; to explain the evolution of reading practices and ideas across time as well as in terms of pedagogical development; and to illustrate the developing nature of literacy education.
1. Research In Reading.
Reading Research That Makes A Difference (1961), David H. Russell.
Research in Reading That Should Have Made A Difference (1970), Harry Singer.
Research In Reading That Should Make A Difference In Classroom Instruction (1976), Harry Singer.
Literacy Research That Makes A Difference (1997), Timothy Shanahan and Susan B. Neuman.
2. Reading Assessment.
Reading Tests (1914), Charles H. Judd.
General Principles of Diagnosis of Reading Disabilities (1937), Marion Monroe.
Values and Limitations of Standardized Reading Tests (1958), Arthur Traxler.
How Will Literacy Be Assessed in the Next Millennium? (2000), Robert J. Tierney, David W. Moore, Shelia W. Valencia, Peter Johnston.
Phonics or No Phonics (1916), Lillian B. Currier and Olive C. Duguid.
The Present Situation in Phonics (1927), Nila Baton Smith.
The Utility of Phonics Generalizations (1963), Theodore Clymer.
Phonics Revisited (1977), A. Sterl Artley.
Phonics Instruction: Beyond the Debate (2003), Susan Villaume and Edna Brabham.
4. Reading Comprehension.
Annual Report of the Board of Education, Together With the Annual Report of the Secretary of the Board (1838), Horace Mann.
Reading As Reasoning (1917), Edward L. Thorndike.
The Problem of Meaning In Reading (1941), Paul McKee.
Changing the Face of Reading Comprehension (1985), P. David Pearson.
Comprehension Instruction: Beyond Strategies (2003), Susan K. Villaume and Edna Brabham.
An Experiment In Teaching Spelling (1914), Martha J. Fulton.
Method In Teaching Spelling (1933), John C. Almack and E. H. Staffelbach.
Invention, Convention, and Intervention: Invented Spelling and the Teacher's Role (2001), Lawrence R. Sipe.
Teaching Words That Students Misspell: Spelling Instruction and Young Children's Writing (2003), Diane Beckham-Hungler and Cheri Williams.
6. Content Area Reading.
The Relation Between Study and Reading (1919), William S. Gray.
The Relationship of Reading to Content Subjects and Other School Activities (1925), Bessie Goodkuntz et al.
What Research Has to Say About Reading in the Content Areas (1964), Leo C. Fay.
Content Literacy: A Definition and Implications (1990), Michael C. McKenna and Richard D. Robinson.
Reading, Writing, and Understanding (2002), Vicki A. Jacobs.
7. Vocabulary Instruction.
A Vocabulary Test (1907), E. A. Kirkpatrick
A Basic Sight Vocabulary (1936), Edward W. Dolch.
Incidental vs. Instructional Approaches to Increasing Reading Vocabulary (1985), William E. Nagy and Patricia A. Herman.
Vocabulary Development: Teaching vs. Testing (2003), Alleen Pace and Don Nilsen.
8. Remediation of Reading Difficulties.
Remedial Cases in Reading: Their Diagnosis and Treatment (1922), William S. Gray.
Teacher Analysis of Reading Disabilities (1934), Emmett Betts.
Diagnosis and Correction of Reading Problems as A Problem Solving Process (1989), James Riley and Jon Shapiro.
Helping Struggling Readers (2003), Nancy Protheroe.
9. Technology and Literacy Instruction.
Guidelines for Computers and Reading (1987), Dorothy Strickland, Joan T. Feeley and Shelley B. Wepner.
Programmed Materials (1967), Arthur I. Gates.
Computers In Reading: A Review of Applications and Implications (1980), Barbara J. Thompson.
What Does Research on Computer-Based Instruction Have to Say to the Reading Teacher? (1987), Ernest Balathy.
Becoming Literate in the Technological Age: New Responsibilities and Tools for Teachers (2003), Louane Ione Smolin and Kimberley A. Lawless.
10. Recreational Reading—Developing A Love For Reading.
Pupils' Voluntary Reading (1907), Franklin O. Smith.
What Should We Teach In Reading? (1951), Arthur Gates.
From Reading to Literacy (1980), Ethel L. Heins.
Making Reading Relevant For Adolescents (2002), Thomas W. Bean.
Recreational Reading: Do We Practice What We Preach? (1981), John Mangieri and Margaret R. Corboy.
Recreational Reading: 20 Years Later (2002), Cathy Collins Block and John N. Mangieri.