LINGUIST List 15.2958

Tue Oct 19 2004

Books: Applied Ling/Cog Sci/Psycholing: Smith

Editor for this issue: Megan Zdrojkowski <meganlinguistlist.org>


Links to the websites of all LINGUIST's supporting publishers are available at the end of this issue.

Directory


        1.    Susan Barker, Understanding Reading: Smith



Message 1: Understanding Reading: Smith

Date: 11-Oct-2004
From: Susan Barker <Susan.Barkererlbaum.com>
Subject: Understanding Reading: Smith


Title: Understanding Reading 
 Subtitle: A Psycholinguistic Analysis of Reading and Learning to Read, Sixth
 Edition 
 Publication Year: 2004 
 Publisher: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates
     http://www.erlbaum.com/
 
 Author: Frank Smith
 
 Hardback: ISBN: 0805847111 Pages: 392 Price: U.S. $ 79.95
 Paperback: ISBN: 080584712X Pages: 392 Price: U.S. $ 35.00
 
 
 Abstract:
 
 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 involved in learning to read. 
 
 The text critically examines current theories, instructional practices, and
 controversies, covering a wide range of disciplines but always remaining
 accessible to students and classroom teachers. Over half the book is
 devoted to such topics as language, memory, learning, the development of
 spoken language ability, and the physiology of the eye and brain--only to
 the extent that they are relevant to reading, and with the intent of making
 these topics comprehensible to readers who have neither the time nor the
 experience to undertake deep or specialized study in these areas. Careful
 attention is given to the ideological clash that continues between whole
 language and direct instruction and currently permeates every aspect of
 theory and research into reading and reading instruction. 
 
 The first edition set out to be an objective review of every field of study
 that had anything relevant to say about reading and about learning to read,
 with the uncomplicated aim of "understanding reading." But it is impossible
 to write a book about reading, however detached the intention, without
 being caught in the crossfire of debates about how reading should be
 taught. In every edition, including the present one, Smith has steadfastly
 resisted giving teachers a recipe for teaching reading, while aiming to
 help them make their own decisions based on research about reading, which
 is accessible to anyone, and their experience and personal knowledge of
 their students, which only they possess. To aid readers in making up their
 own minds, each chapter concludes with a brief statement of "Issues." 
 
 What's new in the Sixth Edition?
 
 *If, as Smith proposes, the facts remain the same and the main
 controversies persist (what it means to be a reader, how written words are
 recognized, and how children learn to read), what justifies a new edition?
 Recent developments include changes in perspectives applied to
 understanding reading and a hardening of positions. The direct instruction
 view of reading and the pedagogical and political assumptions and agendas
 behind it has gained ascendence, and with it widespread mandates for
 accountability, standardization, high-stakes testing, and external control
 of classroom instruction and teacher education. The disputes have turned
 political. These changes are critically discussed.
 
 *A new chapter 1 on why reading is natural opens the book.
 
 *Most of the major changes are in the Notes. The order of the chapters and
 the general thrust of the discussion remain the same.
 
 *All references have been thoroughly updated, with over 200 added and 500
 removed.
 
 Understanding Reading: A Psycholinguistic Analysis of Reading and Learning
 to Read, Sixth Edition, is designed to serve as a handbook for language
 arts teachers, a college text for basic courses on the psychology of
 reading, a guide to relevant research on reading, and an introduction to
 reading as an aspect of thinking and learning. It is matchless in
 integrating a wide range of topics relative to reading while, at the same
 time, being highly readable and user-friendly for instructors, students,
 and practitioners. 
 
 
 
 Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics
                      Cognitive Science
                      Psycholinguistics
 
 
 Written In: English  (Language Code: ENG)
 
 See this book announcement on our website: 
 http://linguistlist.org/get-book.html?BookID=11864

-------------------------- Major Supporters --------------------------
Blackwell Publishing http://www.blackwellpublishing.com
Cambridge University Press http://www.cup.org
Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd http://www.continuumbooks.com
Edinburgh University Press http://www.eup.ed.ac.uk/
Elsevier Ltd. http://www.elsevier.com/locate/linguistics
Equinox Publishing Ltd. http://www.equinoxpub.com/
Georgetown University Press http://www.press.georgetown.edu
John Benjamins http://www.benjamins.com/
Kluwer http://www.springeronline.com
Lawrence Erlbaum Associates http://www.erlbaum.com/
Lincom GmbH http://www.lincom-europa.com
MIT Press http://mitpress.mit.edu/
Mouton de Gruyter http://www.mouton-publishers.com
Oxford University Press http://www.oup.com/us
Rodopi http://www.rodopi.nl/
Routledge (Taylor and Francis) http://www.routledge.com/

---------------------- Other Supporting Publishers ----------------------
Anthropological Linguistics http://www.indiana.edu/~anthling/
Arawak Publications
CSLI Publications http://csli-publications.stanford.edu/
Canadian Journal of Linguistics http://www.utpjournals.com/jour.ihtml?lp=cjl/cjl.html
Cascadilla Press http://www.cascadilla.com/
Graduate Linguistic Students' Assoc., Umass http://glsa.hypermart.net/
International Pragmatics Assoc. http://ipra-www.uia.ac.be/ipra/
Kingston Press Ltd http://www.kingstonpress.com/
Linguistic Assoc. of Finland http://www.ling.helsinki.fi/sky/
MIT Working Papers in Linguistics http://web.mit.edu/mitwpl/
Multilingual Matters http://www.multilingual-matters.com/
Pacific Linguistics http://pacling.anu.edu.au/
Palgrave Macmillan http://www.palgrave.com
Pearson Longman http://www.pearsoneduc.com/discipline.asp?d=LG
SIL International http://www.ethnologue.com/bookstore.asp
St. Jerome Publishing Ltd. http://www.stjerome.co.uk
Utrecht Institute of Linguistics http://www-uilots.let.uu.nl/

 




Respond to list|Read more issues|LINGUIST home page|Top of issue