The Power of Reading: Insights from the Research

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Libraries Unlimited, 2004 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 199 pages
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Continuing the case for free voluntary reading set out in the book's 1993 first edition, this new, updated, and much-looked-for second edition explores new research done on the topic in the last ten years as well as looking anew at some of the original research reviewed. Krashen also explores research surrounding the role of school and public libraries and the research indicating the necessity of a print-rich environment that provides light reading (comics, teen romances, magazines) as well as the best in literature to assist in educating children to read with understanding and in second language acquisition. He looks at the research surrounding reading incentive/rewards programs and specifically at the research on AR (Accelerated Reader) and other electronic reading products.

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Clear, comprehensive and easy to read. - Goodreads
Krashen definitely did his research! - Goodreads
It was my first introduction to research on literacy. - Goodreads
As the title suggests, this is a book of research. - Goodreads
An text that makes the results of research very clear. - Goodreads
This research has been here for years. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Lynne (EVHS) - Goodreads

I read this during the summer after my first year of teaching and the compelling research made me "go-for-broke" with launching an independent reading program in my classroom. Year-after-year, I see ... Read full review

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User Review  - Angela - Goodreads

An text that makes the results of research very clear. To improve reading, kids must read more. Independent reading means a child gets to choose the text. We need to stop with page number requirements ... Read full review


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Stephen Krashen is Emeritus Professor of Education at the University of Southern California. He is best known for his work in establishing a general theory of second language acquisition, as the cofounder of the Natural Approach, and as the inventor of sheltered subject matter teaching. He is the author of numerous books, including Three Arguments Against Whole Language and Why They Are Wrong (1999), Every Person a Reader: An Alternative to the California Task Force Report on Reading (1997), and Under Attack: The Case Against Bilingual Education (1997), all available from Heinemann.

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