Why Our Children Can't Read, and What We Can Do about it
A Scientific Revolution in Reading
By (author) Diane McGuinness
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Why Our Children Can't Read, and What We Can Do about it by Diane McGuinness
Book DescriptionIn America today, 43 percent of our children test below grade level in reading. Among adults, 42 million are functionally illiterate. The numbers are staggering, but in our schools, the problem is only getting worse. The old methods don't work, and this book will tell you why. Psychologist Diane McGuinness draws on twenty-five years of solid reading research that shows exactly how the current system fails and how to fix it. She explains that the ability to read depends on the ability to hear the sounds of our language correctly, and on a working knowledge of something called the spelling code, which is the key to how English spelling works: what letters and letter combinations go with which sounds. This connection of sounds and the symbols that represent them is crucial to learning how to read, and McGuinness explains it with rigor, clarity, and expertise. Moreover, she shows how this method is scientifically proven and has transformed so-called dyslexics and troubled readers into expert readers and spellers, often in astoundingly short periods of time. Diane McGuinness has given us the blueprint for a reading revolution - one that offers real hope to the millions of children and adults who are failing needlessly in school and in life.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780684853567
(229mm x 152mm x 22mm)
Imprint: The Free Press
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publish Date: 1-Mar-1999
Country of Publication: United States
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Growing a Reader from Birth, Paperback (November 2007)
Full of fascinating insights into infant behavior, Growing a Reader from Birth not only illuminates the stages of language learning in children but also wisely counsels parents on how to maximize interactions with their children and be a positive force in nurturing their child's language from day one.
Early Reading Instruction, Paperback (February 2006)» View all books by Diane McGuinness
A solution to the "reading war": a prototype for the most effective reading instruction, based on paleographic findings and current research.
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Author Biography - Diane McGuinness
Diane McGuinness, Ph.D., is a cognitive-development psychologist and Professor at the University of South Florida. The author of When Children Don't Learn, she lives in Sanibel, Florida.
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