The Power of Reading: Insights from the Research, 2nd Edition: Insights from the Research
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...more
Krashen is one of the best advocates for librarians in our role as encouraging free choice reading. Loved this book.
We know that learning to speak is instinctual for children, that as long as the adults around them talk to them, that language will come naturally.
Reading, on the other hand, is not quite so natural. Children need to be taught the mechanics of sounding out words, and helped along as they learn the basics. But, according to ...more
This research has been here for years. When will parents, educators, administrators, and government officials realize that to improve reading, children need to read? ...more
The section on reading comics is as good as I hoped it would be. Krashen has some interesting connections to make for readers and those who are encouraging young people to read.
Give this as a gift to any children's or teen librarian you know.
The contents are dry, and academic.
Non the less, interesting to see the effects of reading on various language acquisition and improvement (measured by various academic tests). In seems like, when it comes to language, free reading is the best tool, even better than direct instructions. Kind of make sense, if you think of complexity of language which cannot be covered by individual instructions.
Dr. Krashen has published more than 350 papers and books, contributing to the fields of second-language acquisition, bilingual education, and reading. He is credited with ...more