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Landmarks in Literacy

The Selected Works of Frank Smith, 1st Edition

By Frank Smith


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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

About the Author

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.

About the Series

World Library of Educationalists

The World Library of Educationalists celebrates the important contributions to education made by leading experts in their individual fields of study. Each scholar has compiled a career-long collection of what they consider to be their finest pieces: extracts from books, journals, articles, major theoretical and practical contributions, and salient research findings.

For the first time ever the work of each contributor is presented in a single volume so readers can follow the themes and progress of their work and identify the contributions made to, and the development of, the fields themselves.

The distinguished careers of the selected experts span at least two decades and include Richard Aldrich, Stephen J. Ball, Elliot W. Eisner, John Elliott, Howard Gardner, John Gilbert, Ivor F. Goodson, David Hargreaves, David Labaree and E.C. Wragg.

Each book in the series features a specially written introduction by the contributor giving an overview of their career, contextualizing their selection within the development of the field, and showing how their own thinking developed over time.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Teaching Methods & Materials / Reading & Phonics