Websites, blogs, books and papers, miscellaneous..

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Susan Godsland

Websites, blogs, books and papers, miscellaneous..

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John Walker's blog for those interested in literacy, particularly the teaching of reading and spelling.
Blog by Gordon Askew. ''Now (largely) retired. Until April 2014 Phonics Adviser to DfE. Former primary headteacher, consultant, lecturer, inspector and phonics trainer''
The Phonics blog: comment and expert opinion on the teaching of reading and writing in primary schools.
Blog. Dianne Murphy is a trainer and consultant for a Direct Instruction secondary school reading intervention.
Blog. 'Old Andrew' is a secondary maths teacher and a strong supporter of synthetic phonics. . ... /Home.html
Peter Warner, EFL teacher in Japan, uses linguistic phonics. Japan ... -blog.html
Prof. Daniel Willingham's Science and Education blog. America.
Prof. Pamela Snow's blog on child and adolescent language, early literacy instruction, communication skills and more.... Australia
Prof. Wheldall's blog with a 'focus on evidence-based practice in education, especially reading' Australia
Blog. Harry is a senior maths and physics teacher who blogs on all aspects of education. Australia. ... stall-blog
Blog. Dr. Hempenstall blogs on reading instruction. Australia.
Website and blog: Alison Clarke is a speech pathologist and uses linguistic phonics. Australia
French organisation which promotes teaching of the 'methode syllabique' (synthetic phonics) France

Why Children Can't Read: and what we can do about it. Diane McGuinness, with a foreword by Prof. Steven Pinker. Pub. Penguin. USA edition (in print) Why our children can't read and what we can do about it. Pub. Simon&Schuster.

''If you only ever read two books about language and literacy, make them "The Language Instinct" by Steven Pinker and "Why Children Can't Read" by Diane McGuinness'' ... -literacy/

Early Reading Instruction: what science really tells us about how to teach reading. Diane McGuinness. MIT Press. Kindle edition available.

Language Development and Learning to Read:The Scientific Study of How Language Development Affects Reading Skill.
This is a complementary volume to Diane McGuinness's 'Early Reading Instruction': Kindle edition available.

Phonics and the Resistance to Reading by Mike Lloyd-Jones. Kindle edition available.
'(A) robust demolition of the arguments put up against phonics and an exposure of the damage and harm resulting from the longstanding muddle of teaching reading using ‘mixed methods’ N.B. this book doesn't include references. ... BG.0FH2JV0

Why Schoolchildren Can't Read. Bonnie Macmillan. Pub. IEA.
Essential reading if you're interested in what the research actually says about the best ways to teach reading and the disparity between research and practice.

Literacy Development: Insights from Research on Skilled Reading. Ashby and Rayner. Chapter 4 in Handbook of Early Literacy Research. Volume 2. Ed. by Dickinson & Neuman. Pub. Guilford. This book is available for preview on Google Books.
Free online: UK Reading Reform Foundation newsletters.

Rose Report 2006. Independent Review of the Teaching of Early Reading. ... -0201-2006

When Children Don't Learn: understanding the biology and psychology of learning disabilities. Diane McGuinness. Pub. Basic Books. 1985. A thought-provoking book to be read slowly and carefully: sex differences in language, reading, maths, hyperactivity (ADHD) and the implications for classroom and parenting practices.

Progress in Understanding Reading and Learning to Read: From Politics to Science. Stanovich. Guilford Press. This academic book summarizes the gains that have been made in key areas of reading research and provides authoritative insights on the controversies and debates.

The Writing Road to Reading. Spalding. First published in 1957, many of the teaching concepts in this programme such as 'no alphabet letter names' and 'no silent letters' are also found in modern linguistic phonics programmes.

Leaving Johnny Behind: Overcoming Barriers to Literacy and Reclaiming At-Risk Readers by Anthony Pedriana. Rowman & Littlefield Education. Kindle edition available.. 'In the tradition of Why Johnny Can't Read written by Rudolph Flesch in the 1950s, Leaving Johnny Behind provides a comprehensive examination of the barriers that deny children adequate literacy training..'
Free online: Developmental dyslexia in adults: a research review

Dyslexia: Literacy and psychological assessment ... sment.html
2005. This BPS report ''was written primarily to inform practising educational psychologists about the concept of dyslexia. It also outlined principles of assessment that needed to be translated into policy and practice by psychological services and their local authorities''
Free online: Chapter 8, 'Dyslexia', from Hugo Kerr's book 'The cognitive psychology of teaching literacy' ... exicon.pdf
Free booklet: Sounds~Write's 'Spelling theory and a lexicon of English spellings' Caution: error on p15. It should read, ''<ti> represents the sound /sh/ at the beginning of several English suffixes, for example <-tion>, <-tious> and <-tial>. There are no examples of the digraph <ti> representing the sound /sh/ at the end of an English word''.

'Does Dyslexia Exist?' by Julian Elliott and Simon Gibbs. Journal of Philosophy of Education. ... 0653.x.pdf

'Dyslexia: a categorical falsehood without validity or utility' by Simon Gibbs and Julian Elliott ... id=1840670

The Dyslexia Debate by Julian Elliott and Elena Grigorenko. Pub CUP. Kindle edition available.
''An examination of how we use the term 'dyslexia' and its failings as a clinical diagnosis. Taking into account the latest research in cognitive science, genetics, and neuroscience, Elliott and Grigorenko outline a better way to describe the various types of reading difficulties and discuss empirically supported forms of intervention''

Prof Rhona Johnston: ... nston.aspx
Following papers available on provision of an email address:
- Johnston, R.S., Watson, J.E, and Logan S. Reading, spelling and attitudes to reading in England compared with Clackmannanshire.
- Johnston, R.S. An examination of C. Torgerson et al (2006) meta-analysis entitled: A Systematic Review of the Research Literature on the Use of Phonics in the Teaching of Reading and Spelling.
- Johnston, R.S. and Watson, J.E. A comparison of word reading, reading comprehension and spelling in synthetic-phonics-taught children in Clackmannanshire compared with children taught by analytic phonics in England.

The Clackmannanshire study: A Seven Year Study of the Effects of Synthetic Phonics Teaching on Reading and Spelling Attainment. Johnston/Watson. 2005. ... 0682/52383

Growing a reader from birth: your child's path from language to literacy. Diane McGuinness. Pub. Norton.
A parent and layperson's guide to speech development: understanding a child's emerging language from first babblings to a five year old's mastery of reading.

1996. Reading Fever: Why phonics must come first. Turner / Burkard. Pub. Centre for Policy Studies. ... gFever.pdf

1991. Reading, Learning and the National Curriculum. Martin Turner. CPS. ... um1991.pdf

1981. Why Johnny STILL can't read: a new look at the scandal of our schools. Flesch. Pub. HarperCollins. Follow up to his earlier best seller -see below.

Older books and papers:

1965. In Spite of the Alphabet: a study of the teaching of reading. Hunter Diack. Pub. Chatto & Windus. Very interesting and readable guide to the history of the teaching of reading in the UK. Diack was joint author of the phonic 'Royal Road Readers' available in the 1960s.

1955. Why Johnny Can't Read: and what you can do about it. Flesch. Pub. HarperCollins.
The original 'Why' book. Kindle edition available.

1908. The psychology and pedagogy of reading, with a review of the history of reading and writing and of methods, texts, and hygiene in reading. Huey. 'Vol 2. explains lots of 'modern' myths' says reading tutor, Maggie Downie.

1898. Nellie Dale’s Book ‘On the Teaching of English Reading’ ... 00daleuoft ... id=1350464
In the Days When Reading Instruction Was Not a Problem: Nellie Dale and the Dale Readers

1889. Rebecca Pollard's Manual of Synthetic Reading and Spelling
N.B. Pollard's method used diacritic markings, unlike modern synthetic phonics. ... 00pollgoog

1866. Reading without tears, or, A pleasant mode of learning to read by Favell Lee Mortimer. ... &q&f=false
Richard Venezkey's collection of historical American Primers and Readers

Old alphabet and spelling books from the Devon Collection of Children’s Books ... 773/detail

B. MacMillan: Rhyme and Reason; A Critical Review of the Research Methodoloy. Journal of Research in Reading 25 4 - 42 Accessed on ... ok+reading