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ERIC Number: ED528953
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Apr
Pages: 296
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-8487-2936-0
Explaining Individual Differences in Reading: Theory and Evidence. New Directions in Communication Disorders Research
Brady, Susan A., Ed.; Braze, David, Ed.; Fowler, Carol A., Ed.
Psychology Press, Taylor & Francis Group
Research into reading development and reading disabilities has been dominated by phonologically guided theories for several decades. In this volume, the authors of 11 chapters report on a wide array of current research topics, examining the scope, limits and implications of a phonological theory. The chapters are organized in four sections. The first concerns the nature of the relations between script and speech that make reading possible, considering how different theories of phonology may illuminate the implication of these relations for reading development and skill. The second set of chapters focuses on phonological factors in reading acquisition that pertain to early language development, effects of dialect, the role of instruction, and orthographic learning. The third section identifies factors beyond the phonological that may influence success in learning to read by examining cognitive limitations that are sometimes co-morbid with reading disabilities, contrasting the profiles of specific language impairment and dyslexia, and considering the impact of particular languages and orthographies on language acquisition. Finally, in the fourth section, behavioral-genetic and neurological methods are used to further develop explanations of reading differences and early literacy development. The volume is an essential resource for researchers interested in the cognitive foundations of reading and literacy, language and communication disorders, or psycholinguistics; and those working in reading disabilities, learning disabilities, special education, and the teaching of reading. This book is divided into four parts. Part 1. Theoretical Foundations: Phonology and Reading, contains the following: (1) How Theories of Phonology May Enhance Understanding of the Role of Phonology in Reading Development and Reading Disability (C.A. Fowler). Part II, Phonological Factors in Learning to Read, contains the following: (2) Early Precursors of Reading-Relevant Phonological Skills (D. Braze, G.W. McRoberts, C. McDonough); (3) On the Role of Phonology in Reading Acquisition: The Self-Teaching Hypothesis (D.L. Share); (4) Efficacy of Phonics Teaching for Reading Outcomes: Indications from Post NRP Research (S.A. Brady); and (5) The Phonological Hypothesis as a Valuable Framework for Studying the Relation of Dialect Variation to Early Reading Skills (N. Patton Terry, H. Scarborough). Part III, Sources of Individual Differences Beyond Phonological Deficits, contains the following: (6) Beyond Phonological Deficits: Sources of Individual Differences in Reading Disability (M.J. Snowling); (7) Phonological and Other Language Deficits Associated with Dyslexia (H.W. Catts, S. Adlof); and (8) Phonology is Critical in Reading--But a Phonological Deficit is Not the Only Source of Low Reading Skill (C. Perfetti). Part IV, Unraveling the Biology of Reading and Reading Differences, contains the following: (9) Evaluating the Role of Phonological Factors in Early Literacy Development: Insights from Experimental and Behavior-Genetic Studies (B. Byrne); (10) Genetic and Environmental Influences on Phonological Abilities and Reading Achievement (R. Olson); and (11) Neuroimaging and the Phonological Deficit Hypothesis (J.J. Diehl, S.J. Frost, W.E. Mencl, K.R. Pugh). [Foreword by William Tunmer.]
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Publication Type: Books; Collected Works - General
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Elementary Education
Audience: Researchers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A