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Handbook of Reading Disability Research

ISBN 9780805853346
Published July 27, 2010 by Routledge
536 Pages

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Book Description

Bringing together a wide range of research on reading disabilities, this comprehensive Handbook extends current discussion and thinking beyond a narrowly defined psychometric perspective. Emphasizing that learning to read proficiently is a long-term developmental process involving many interventions of various kinds, all keyed to individual developmental needs, it addresses traditional questions (What is the nature or causes of reading disabilities? How are reading disabilities assessed? How should reading disabilities be remediated? To what extent is remediation possible?) but from multiple or alternative perspectives.

Taking incursions into the broader research literature represented by linguistic and anthropological paradigms, as well as psychological and educational research, the volume is on the front line in exploring the relation of reading disability to learning and language, to poverty and prejudice, and to instruction and schooling.

The editors and authors are distinguished scholars with extensive research experience and publication records and numerous honors and awards from professional organizations representing the range of disciplines in the field of reading disabilities. Throughout, their contributions are contextualized within the framework of educators struggling to develop concrete instructional practices that meet the learning needs of the lowest achieving readers.

Table of Contents

Section 1: Pespectives on Reading Disability  1. Political Contexts of Reading Disability  2. Historical Contexts for Understanding Reading Disabilities  3. Poverty and Reading Disabilities  4. Ethnicity and Reading Disabilities  5. Home Language and Reading Disabilities  6. Cognitive Profiles and Reading Disabilities  7. Biological Characteristics and Reading Disabilities  8. Neurosciences and Reading Disabilities  9. Language Development and Reading Disabilities  10. Socio-cultural Aspects of Reading Disabilities  11. Critical Theory and Reading Disabilities 12. Opportunity to Learn and Reading Disabilities  Section 2: Causes and Consequences of Reading Disabilities 13. Individual Differences and Reading Disabilities  14. Home Differences and Reading Disabilities  15. Summer Setback and Reading Disabilities 16. Persistence of Reading Disabilities  17. Gender and Reading Disabilities  18. Drug Exposure and Reading Disabilities  19. Aliteracy, Agency, and Identity  Section 3: Assessing Reading Proficiency  20. Beliefs and Reading Assessment  21.Assessments for Different Goals  22. Reading Ability as Developing Expertise  23. Traditions of Reading Diagnosis  24. Assessing Reading Disabilities in ELL Student  25. Culturally Relevant Assessment of Reading Disabilities  Section 4: Developmental Patterns of Reading Proficiency and Difficulties  26. Emergent Literacy 27. Word Recognition and Fluency  28. Vocabulary  29. Self-regulation  30. Comprehension  31. Writing 32. Discussion 33. Motivation  Section Five: Developmental Interventions  34. Expert Classroom Instruction  35. Extended Learning Beyond the Classroom  36. Interventions to Develop the Phonological Systems  37. Interventions to Develop Decoding Proficiencies  38. Interventions to Enhance Fluency and Rate of Reading 39. Interventions to Enhance Vocabulary Development  40. Interventions to Enhance Narrative Comprehension 41. Interventions to Enhance Informational Text Comprehension  42. Interventions to Develop e-text Learning  Section 6: Studying Reading Disabilities  43. Teacher Research  44. Single-subject and Case Study Designs 45. Experimental Research  46. Observational Research  47. Interpretive Research 48. Large Database Analyses  49. Survey  50. Meta-analysis

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Anne McGill-Franzen is Professor and Director of the Reading Center at the University of Tennessee. She was recipient of the International Reading Association Nila Banton Smith Award, co-recipient (with Dr. Richard L. Allington) of the IRA Albert J. Harris Award for research published in the field of reading disabilities, and the 2004 recipient of the IRA Dina Feitelson Award honoring an empirical study of language and literacy acquisition with clear implications for instruction. Dr. McGill-Franzen was a member of the Board of Directors of the National Reading Conference, serves on the editorial advisory boards of several major journals and was Technical Consultant for the UNESCO funded project on diagnostic teaching of reading in Kenya, Ghana, and Tanzania.

Richard L. Allington is Professor of Education at the University of Tennessee. He has served or serves on the editorial advisory boards of Reading Research Quarterly, Review of Educational Research, Journal of Educational Psychology, Reading Teacher, Elementary School Journal, Journal of Literacy Research, and Remedial and Special Education. A past president of the National Reading Conference and the International Reading Association, he was co-recipient (with Dr. Anne McGill-Franzen) of the Albert J. Harris Award for contributions to improving professional understanding of reading/learning disabilities, and was elected to the Reading Hall of Fame.


"This excellent book should be on the shelves of every academic library. All of the experts in the field of reading are present, and all aspects of reading and reading instruction are addressed....Essential."--CHOICE