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Understanding Reading: A Psycholinguistic Analysis of Reading and Learning to Read
by Frank Smith
Understanding Reading revolutionized reading research and theory when the first edition appeared in 1971 and continues to be a leader in the field. In the sixth edition of this classic text, Smith's purpose remains the same: to shed light on fundamental aspects of the complex human act of reading--linguistic, physiological, psychological, and social--and on what is involve ...more
Paperback, Sixth Edition, 388 pages
Published February 27th 2004 by Routledge
(first published January 1st 1971)
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This is a stunningly good book. Frank Smith is a hero of mine, who is often accused of being a key supporter of the ‘whole language’ method of teaching reading. He disputes this, mostly for the reason that he doesn’t believe in any ‘method’ of teaching reading – only in madness. Something I fully endorse. He is scathing on ‘phonics’ – and despite so much ‘scientific’ support for phonics instruction, I have to say that I agree with his concerns and generally assume people who support ‘phonics’ ar ...more
This book was boring as snot but the concept behind it was very interesting and important for reading teachers. Smith set out to scientifically proving how students learn to read. I wouldn't read it though, if I had the choice. I'd just like to hear a summary of his ideas.
Frank Smith is a contemporary psycholinguist recognized for his contributions in linguistics and cognitive psychology, both nationally and internationally, over the past 35 years. He is regarded as an essential contributor to research on the nature of the reading process together with researchers such as George Armitage Miller, Kenneth S. Goodman (see Ken Goodman), Paul A. Kolers, Jane W. Torrey, ...moreMore about Frank Smith...