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Reading Development and Teaching


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Part 1: Tutorial Review Essential knowledge about language The Simple View of Reading: a broad conceptual framework Part 2: Reading Words on the Page Visual word recognition in skilled readers: how do we, as skilled readers, read written words? Development of visual word recognition processes: how do children learn to read written words? Teaching word reading skills Part 3: Understanding spoken and written language (reading and comprehension) Development of comprehension of oral and written language Teaching to develop reading comprehension Part 4: Assessment and intervention Assessing word reading skills and reading comprehension Teaching to overcome word reading difficulties (developmental dyslexia) Treating reading comprehension difficulties

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Morag Stuart is Emeritus Professor of the Psychology of Reading at UCL Institute of Education. After 16 years teaching 4- to 8-year-old children in Inner London, she gained a Psychology degree at Birkbeck College, qualified as an educational psychologist, and returned to Birkbeck to study for a doctorate, with a thesis on development of word reading skills. From 1988 she lectured in Psychology at Birkbeck, moving to the Institute of Education in 1995. Since 1983, she has conducted research into word reading processes and their development, with over 100 research publications and conference presentations. Her recent consultancy includes contributions to the Programme of Study for English in the revised National Curriculum; the Rose Report on teaching of early reading (Rose, 2006); the Rose Review of Provision for Children and Young People with Dyslexia (Rose, 2009); and work on several Primary National Strategies projects (e.g. EYFS "Every Child a Talker", including development of materials; Communication, Language and Literacy Development, including development of materials; Inclusion Development Programme, including redevelopment of dyslexia materials. Her ambition is to understand how children learn to read. Rhona Stainthorp is a research professor in the Institute of Education, University of Reading, UK. She began her professional career teaching in a secondary school in London and turned to study psychology at Birkbeck College when confronted with the challenge of teaching young adolescent boys who could not read. Over the last 40 years she has worked in a number of academic departments in UK universities teaching teachers, and speech and language therapists from undergraduate to PhD level about the development of literacy. She has also been extensively involved in providing continuing professional development across the UK. She has advised UK as well as overseas' Governments on aspects of the development and teaching of reading and writing. Her research focuses on the development of literacy mainly in the early years. It includes studies of reading, writing and spelling skills, precocious reading ability, children with literacy difficulties, and effective professional practice. Her published work includes over 100 research papers, manuals for teaching programmes, literacy tests, books for students and teachers, and conference papers. She is committed to supporting teachers to enhance their professional practice through an understanding of the best quality empirical research evidence.


Overall, this seems to me to be by far the best book available on its topic. It is comprehensive, almost always uses evidence judiciously and objec-tively, treats all the relevant key topics, gives excellent value for money and should be required reading on all courses of initial and in-service training for primary teachers and those trying to help children with reading dif?culties. -- Greg Brooks
This book is worth reading, no matter what level you work. It will help you understand the building blocks of reading, with methods that can be put into practice to teach children effectively. -- Neil Henty

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