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ERIC Number: EJ780973
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Oct
Pages: 8
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 27
ISSN: ISSN-0040-5841
The Research-Practice Divide in Beginning Reading
Spear-Swerling, Louise
Theory Into Practice, v46 n4 p301-308 Oct 2007
An extensive research base on beginning reading acquisition and reading difficulties, developed over the past few decades, has important implications for the teaching of reading. Unfortunately, much of this research does not appear to be reaching teachers, whose knowledge is essential for scientific findings about reading to benefit children. This article focuses on two key areas of teachers' research-based disciplinary knowledge for teaching reading: knowledge about children's early reading development and knowledge about English word structure. Evidence demonstrating a gap between teacher knowledge in these areas and current scientific findings is reviewed. Next, possible reasons for the gap are explored. The article concludes with suggestions for educators who are interested in acquiring additional research-based knowledge about reading.
Lawrence Erlbaum. Available from: Taylor & Francis, Ltd. 325 Chestnut Street Suite 800, Philadelphia, PA 19106. Tel: 800-354-1420; Fax: 215-625-2940; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Connecticut