Handbook of Reading Research, Volume 2

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Rebecca Barr, P. David Pearson, Michael L. Kamil, Peter B. Mosenthal
L. Erlbaum Associates, 1996 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 1086 pages
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A comprehensive overview of important contemporary issues in the field of reading research from the mid 1980s to mid 1990s, this well-received volume offers readers an examination of literacy through a variety of lenses--some permitting microscopic views and others panoramic views. A veritable "who's who" of specialists in the field, chapter authors cover current methodology, as well as cumulative research-based knowledge.

Because it deals with society and literacy, the first section provides the broadest possible view of literacy. The second section defines the range of activities culturally determined to be a part of the enterprise known as literacy. The third focuses on the processes that individuals engage in when they perform the act of reading. The fourth section visits the environment in which the knowledge that comprises literacy is passed on from one generation to the next. The last section, an epilogue to the whole enterprise of reading research, provides apt philosophical reflection.

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Rebecca Barr is professor of education at the National College of Education. Robert Dreeben is professor of education at the University of Chicago. Nonglak Wiratchai is assistant dean of the Graduate School and lecturer at Srinakharinwirot University, Bangkok.

P. David Pearson, Ph.D. is the Dean of the Graduate School of Education at the University of California, Berkeley. He is a former co-director of the Center for the Study of Reading and president of the National Reading Conference and the National Conference of Research in English. His numerous publications include the Handbook of Reading Research, now in its third edition and Reading Difficulties: Instruction and Assessment.

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