Broad in scope and clearly written, Beginning to Read provides fresh insights into the relationship between thinking and learning. Developing the new connectionist theory as it relates to reading and its acquisition, Adams underscores the automatic nature of print perception in skillful readers while contrasting it with the attentive thought required for conceptual learning and understanding
Adams reviews the history of debate over approaches to reading instruction as well as the research on their effectiveness, She consistently integrates instructional concerns with meticulous attention to research and theory from education, developmental and cognitive psychology, and linguistics. Throughout, she emphasizes the interdependence of meaning appreciation and orthographic facility in both fluent reading and its acquisition. Relevant learning theory is presented along with discussion of the roles of experience, practice, direct instruction, rules, thinking and understanding. Adams stresses the importance ofpreschool language and literacy experiences and includes descriptions of those that will best prepare children for reading instruction.
Marilyn Jager Adams is a Senior Scientist at Bolt Beranek and Newman Inc. She was Principal Author and Curriculum Coordinator/Editor for the five volume classroom instruction series, Odyssey: A Curriculum for Thinking. Beginning to Read was developed in conjunction with the Reading Research and Education Center at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Learning, Development, and Conceptual Change series.
About the Author
Marilyn Adams is a researcher working in the field of cognition and education and recipient of the American Educational Research Association's Sylvia Scribner Award.
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This book is destined to become a classic work on early reading instruction.Judith A. Bowey, Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology
This book is destined to become a classic work on early reading instruction. Judith A. Bowey , Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology
This book is destined to become a classic work on early reading instruction.