Frank Smith is internationally acclaimed as an essential contributor to research on the nature of reading and as an originator of the modern psycholinguistic approach to reading instruction. In his publications his aim has always been to support teachers, to encourage them to make teaching decisions based on knowledge and understanding, to analyze what their students are trying to do and why what the students are doing doesn’t always correspond with what they are expected to do. Now the major topics addressed in his work are available in one volume, Landmarks in Literacy, a thoughtfully crafted selection of 16 of his key writings.
In the World Library of Educationalists, international scholars themselves compile career-long collections of what they judge to be their finest works so the world can read them in a single manageable volume. Readers thus are able to follow the themes and strands of their work and see their contribution to the development of a field, as well as the development of the field itself.
Table of Contents
Part I: From Essays Into Literacy
Part II: From Unspeakable Acts, Unnatural Practices
Part III: From Joining the Literacy Club
Part IV: From Reading Without Nonsense
Part V: From Between Hope and Havoc
Part VI: From Comprehension and Learning
Part VII: From Insult to Intelligence
Part VIII: From The Glass Wall
Frank Smith holds a Harvard Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology. He has written over 20 books on such topics as language, reading, writing, thinking and comprehension. He has held positions as professor at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, Professor of Language in Education at the University of Victoria, British Columbia, and Professor and Department-head of Applied English Language Studies at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa. He was featured by the BBC in a program titled "How Do You Read?" and was a featured speaker in the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's Ideas program on language. His most recent prize was awarded by the National Council of Teachers of English "for his transforming influence and lasting intellectual contribution to the English profession." He is the first Canadian to receive this prestigious award.