Most studies on reading have been conducted with English-speaking subjects. It is crucial to also examine studies conducted in different languages, in order to highlight which aspects of reading acquisition and dyslexia appear to be language-specific, and which are universal.
Reading Acquisition and Developmental Dyslexia sheds new light on dyslexia and its relationship with reading acquisition, presenting two unique advancements in this area. Looking at studies conducted in different languages, the prerequisites of reading acquisition are examined, and the findings from studies of skilled adult readers are presented. The manifestations of developmental dyslexia and the main contemporary explanations for it are outlined, providing an in-depth, well researched discussion of the topic. The authors conclude by offering a new framework which could explain both reading acquisition and developmental dyslexia.
A fascinating book offering a unique insight into the topic of dyslexia, it will be of great interest to students and lecturers in cognitive psychology, educational psychology, and psycholinguistics, as well as those with a more everyday involvement with the disorder such as speech and language therapists.
"Offers exciting new insights and thought-provoking perspectives on well-established issues in dyslexia research for researchers and students alike. This book is a milestone in the last decade of publishing on dyslexia." - Leo Blomert, Professor, Neurocognition of Literacy & Numeracy, University of Maastricht, The Netherlands
"Reading Acquisition and Developmental Dyslexia is very well-written, current and comprehensive. It presents an excellent balance and tight coordination between theoretical issues and experimental research." - José Morais, Professor, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium
Introduction. What Have We Learned from Studies with Skilled Adult Readers? Reading Acquisition in Deep and Shallow Orthographies. Reliability and Prevalence of Dyslexic Reading Deficits. Perceptual Explanations of Dyslexia. A Plausible Framework for Explaining Reading Acquisition and Developmental Dyslexia.
Essays in Developmental Psychology is designed to meet the need for rapid publication of brief volumes in developmental psychology.
The series defines developmental psychology in its broadest terms and covers such topics as social development, cognitive development, developmental neuropsychology and neuroscience, language development, learning difficulties, developmental psychopathology and applied issues.
Each volume in the series makes a conceptual contribution to the topic by reviewing and synthesizing the existing research literature, by advancing theory in the area, or by some combination of these missions.
Authors in this series provide an overview of their own highly successful research program, but they also include an assessment of current knowledge and identification of possible future trends in research.
Each book is a self-contained unit supplying the advanced reader with a coherent review of important research as well as its context, theoretical grounding and implications.