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Reading- The Grand Illusion
How and Why People Make Sense of Print

ISBN 9781138999299
Published February 10, 2016 by Routledge
186 Pages 41 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

What is reading? In this groundbreaking book, esteemed researchers Ken Goodman, Peter Fries, and Steven Strauss, explain not only what reading really is but also why common sense makes it seem to be something quite different from that reality. How can this grand illusion be explained? That is the purpose of this book. As the authors show, unraveling the secrets of the grand illusion of reading teaches about far more than reading itself, but also about how remarkable human language is, how the brain uses language to navigate the world, what it means to be human.

Each author brings a different perspective, but all share a common view of the reading process. Together they provide a clear and surprising exposition of the reading process, in which they involve readers of this book in exploring the ways they themselves read and make sense of written language while their eyes fixate on fewer than 70 percent of the words in the text. In addition, the authors engage in a cross-disciplinary discussion about how readers use the brain, eyes, and language in reading. The different perspectives provide depth to the authors’ description of reading. The information presented in this book will be new to many teachers, researchers, teacher educators, and the public alike. The final chapter draws on the understandings from the book to challenge the treatment of reading and writing as school subjects and offers the basis for supporting literacy development as a natural extension of oral language development.

Table of Contents

Foreword, Brian Cambourne


Chapter 1: Introduction—Perception, Illusions, Seeing, and Believing

Chapter 2: The Grand Illusion in Reading

Chapter 3: Reading with our brains

Chapter 4: Making Sense: Putting Together What We Know About Reading

Chapter 6: Words on Words and Wording

Chapter 7: The Visible Level of Written Language: The Graphophonic Relations

Chapter 8: Literacy for the Twenty-First Century and Beyond

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Ken Goodman is Professor Emeritus, Reading, Language and Culture, University of Arizona, USA.

Peter H. Fries is Professor Emeritus, Central Michigan University, USA.

Steven Strauss Ph.D & M.D. is a Neurologist, Private Practice, USA.