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              How Children Learn to Read
                                              by John W.A. Smith and
                                                   Warwick B. Elley  
 
 

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HOW CHILDREN LEARN TO READ offers a comprehensive discussion of reading instruction, theory, and philosophy for preservice, classroom, and reading teachers working with grades K-6.



  1997  pb  168 pages     Item#  523
  ISBN: 1-57274-220-8      $19.95.95

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In How Children Learn to Read - Insights from the New Zealand Experience, John Smith and Warwick Elley update and expand their internationally successful book, Learning to Read in New Zealand (1994). 

This new book, like its predecessor, offers a comprehensive discussion of reading instruction and its practice in New Zealand. It introduces the theories and philosophy which underpin the whole-language, literature-based approach widely and successfully used by New Zealand teachers, and provides insight into the wider context of international research and the debate on literacy. 

Essential reading for everyone in teacher education programmes, How Children Learn to Read - Insights from the New Zealand Experience will support and enrich the work of practicing teachers, and clarify for parents and care-givers the issues and debates that surround reading instruction. 

The research base of its predecessor has been updated with:

* new research on the benefits of story reading and shared reading

* an added section on family literacy

* new findings on remedial assistance for the less able reader

* international research on the value of book-based reading

* an expansion of current debates on reading theory.

 Technological change only re-emphasizes the role of reading as the basic and universal information-sharing skill, crucial to our childrenís future. This book is a vital resource for all interested in the understanding and transmission of that skill.


 
 

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Table of Contents:

Part 1
Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Early years
Chapter 3: Beginning school
Chapter 4: Reading instruction techniques
Chapter 5: The middle years
Chapter 6: Reading in the secondary school
 

Part 2
Chapter 7: How do children read? Some theoretical
                considerations
Chapter 8: What is readability and how can we assess it?
Chapter 9: Assessment in reading
Chapter 10: How well do New Zealand children read?
Chapter 11: Maori children learning to read -
                  Toi te Kupu, Toi te Mana, Toi te Whenua
Chapter 12: Helping children with reading difficulties  
Conclusion: another look at reading theory 
Bibliography 
Index


 
     

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Author Bio:

John Smith is a Principal Lecturer at Dunedin College of Education. His classroom experience in New Zealand, Canada, and the United Kingdom is extensive, and he has been involved in teacher education for twenty-five years, teaching and researching in a variety of curriculum areas including writing, reading, and outdoor education. 

Warwick Elley is emeritus Professor of Education, formerly at the University of Canterbury. His research and contributions to curriculum development won him the International Reading Associationís International Citation of Merit in 1991. He is the author or co-author of ten other books, and his time is now divided between writing and a busy round of international consultancy work.


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