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VOYA -McQuillan looks at all the research, examines statistical evidence, and concludes that claims of declining reading achievement and increasing learning disabilities are false. He also looks at both sides of the phonetics versus whole language arguments about teaching reading, and concludes that neither is the panacea asserted by believers of one or the other strategy. He concludes that the real problems are lack of access to a rich environment of print materials; lack of places and opportunities to read; and lack of student choice in what they read.
The author's findings, based as they are on an exhaustive search of the literature, including The Impact of School Library Media Centers on Academic Achievement by Lance, Wellborn, and Hamilton-Pennell (HiWillow Research, 1997) and Krashen's The Power of Reading (Libraries Unlimited, 1992/VOYA October