Reading Multiple Perspectives
The field of reading is a compelling one, characterised by many debates and discussions. It is also amenable to investigations through a range of theories and research studies. In this book, eight leading authorities provide a ‘state-of-the-art’ overview of reading, using perspectives that have informed their work. There are overviews from linguistic, psychological, sociological and literary viewpoints, as well as more hybrid ones from investigations of digital literacy and multi-modality. This book celebrates what has already been achieved by bridging research, scholarship and practice; it also suggests what still needs to be done to bring the positive rewards from reading to greater numbers of young people. It also recognises that the benefits of reading extend beyond the personal. Accomplished reading skills empower people to meet the challenges of everyday life: making decisions, solving problems, and dealing with unexpected events.
The need to refresh and renew our knowledge of reading has gained further impetus in the ‘information age’. New technologies for information and communication continually appear: manifestations of ‘fake news’, disinformation and conspiracy theories spread rapidly across the globe. The book underlines the importance not only of reading, but also the fact that reading between and beyond the lines is more important than ever, in print and across multiple media platforms.
The chapters in this book were originally published as a special issue of Education 3–13: International Journal of Primary, Elementary and Early Years Education.
Introduction: Reading – a personal and professional view
1. The linguistic base of initial reading and spelling in English: a tutorial review
2. How psychology helps us to understand word reading
3. Literacies and social practice: sociological perspectives on reading research
4. Perspectives on dealing with reading difficulties
5. Reading children’s literature
Victoria de Rijke
6. The reader, the text, the poem: the influence and challenge of Louise Rosenblatt
7. Reading with technology: the new normal
8. Exploring reading in social semiotics: theory and methods
Jeff Bezemer and Kate Cowan