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ERIC Number: ED494236
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 488
Abstractor: Author
ISBN: ISBN-978-0-87207-598-6
Shaping the Reading Field: The Impact of Early Reading Pioneers, Scientific Research, and Progressive Ideas
Israel, Susan E., Ed.; Monaghan, E. Jennifer, Ed.
International Reading Association (NJ3)
Only by exploring the past of the reading field can the literacy leaders of today make informed decisions about reading education in the future. This indispensable resource offers new insight into the development of reading education by examining the groundbreaking contributions of the "early reading pioneers"--16 reading researchers, reading practitioners, and specialists in children's literature whose work helped form the foundations of the reading field as it is recognized today. Following a foreword (Edward Fry), preface (Susan E. Israel), and introduction, Scientific Research and Progressive Education: Contexts for the Early Reading Pioneers, 1870-1956 (E. Jennifer Monaghan), this book is divided into five parts. Part I, The Psychologists: Researchers of Basic Reading Processes, offers: (1) James McKeen Cattell (1860-1944): His Life and Contributions to Reading Research (Arlette Ingram Willis); (2) Robert Sessions Woodworth (1869-1962): Dean of Psychologists (Allen Berger, Dixie D. Massey, Kristin Stoll, and Aviva Gray); and (3) Raymond Dodge (1871-1942): Lessons from Observations of the Eye (Dixie D. Massey). Part II, The Educational Psychologists: Researchers Applying Scientific Principles to Reading Instruction, presents: (4) Charles Hubbard Judd (1873-1946): A Leader in Silent and Oral Reading Instruction (Jackie Marshall Arnold and Mary-Kate Sableski); (5) Edward Lee Thorndike (1874-1949): A Look at His Contributions to Learning and Reading (Lou Ann Sears); and (6) Walter Fenno Dearborn (1878-1955): Reading Through the Eyes of Each Child (Joseph E. Zimmer). Part III, The Progressives: Researchers Committed to Progressive Education, contains: (7) Edmund Burke Huey (1870-1913): A Brief Life with an Enduring Legacy (Jolene B. Reed and Richard J. Meyer); and (8) Laura Zirbes (1884-1967): A Premier Progressive Educator (David W. Moore). Part IV, The Book Enthusiasts: Pioneers Engaged in Exploring Children's Books and Adult Reading continues with: (9) May Hill Arbuthnot (1884-1969): A Pioneer in the Field of Children's Literature (Charles Monaghan, Susan E. Israel, and Molly D. Dahl); (10) Bernice Elizabeth Leary (1890-1973): Reading Specialist, Curriculum Researcher, and Anthologist of Children's Literature (Karla J. Moller); and (11) Douglas Waples (1893-1978): Crafting the Well-Read Public (George Kamberelis and Marta K. Albert). Part V, The Reading and Spelling Experts: Researchers Engaged in Writing Texts for Teachers and Schoolbooks for Children, contains: (12) Ernest Horn (1882-1967): A Pioneer in Spelling Research and Instruction (Jiening Ruan and Priscilla L. Griffith); (13) William Scott Gray (1885-1960): Mr. Reading (Carol Lauritzen); (14) Arthur Irving Gates (1890-1972): Educational Psychology and the Study of Reading (Misty Sailors); (15) Ruth May Strang (1895-1971): The Legacy of a Reading Sage (Diane Lapp, Laurie A. Guthrie, and James Flood); (16) David Harris Russell (1906-1965): A Man Who Loved Learning and Teaching (Arlene L. Barry); (17) Conclusion: Reflections on the Early Reading Pioneers and Their Biographers (Douglas Kaufman and Douglas K. Hartman); and (18) Afterword: The Uses of History (Susan E. Israel and E. Jennifer Monaghan). Appended are: (1) Hints on Gathering Biographical Data (Joseph E. Zimmer); (2) Searching for Biographical Sources: An Archivist's Perspective (Aviva Gray); (3) Oral History Projects for the Literacy Profession (Norman A. Stahl and James R. King); and (4) Matrix of Early Reading Pioneers (Susan E. Israel and E. Jennifer Monaghan). An index is also included.
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Publication Type: Books; Collected Works - General
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: International Reading Association, Newark, DE.
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