X recommended for student teachers
Reading Instruction: what science really tells us about
how to teach reading. Diane McGuinness. MIT
Press. Kindle edition available.
''Having resisted for many years'', teacher, researcher and writer, Prof. Dylan Wiliam, says he's ''now persuaded by Diane McGuinness's work on the importance of linguistic phonics''
''(Y)ou can do no better than to read Diane McGuinness’
Early Reading Instruction: What Science Really Tells Us about
How to Teach Reading'' says English teacher and author
David Didau, writer of ''the second most influential education
blog in the UK''.
Talk by Diane McGuinness based on her book Early Reading Instruction.
2006 Fourth time at the ball. Will phonics ever find her magic slipper?
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.
Prof. Steven Pinker ''(O)ne of the most important books of
the decade'' (see foreword)
''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'' http://www.spelfabet.com.au/2013/03/language-and-literacy/
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.
http://dyslexics.org.uk/comment.pdf on the Systematic Review of the
on the use of Phonics in the Teaching of Reading and Spelling
by Torgerson, Brooks and Hall
X 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.
John Walker reviews 'Phonics and the Resistance to Reading'
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
(and chapter) is available for preview on Google Books.
Rose Report 2006. Independent Review of the Teaching of Early Reading.
As a foundation document for synthetic phonics this should be on every primary ITT reading list, but
it rarely appears.
Reading in the Brain: the science and evolution of a human
invention. Dehaene. Pub. Penguin.
''(T)hese experiments demonstrate that global word shape does
not play any role in reading''
''There is abundant proof that
we automatically access speech sounds while we read''
X Why Knowledge Matters:
rescuing our children from failed educational theories.
E. D Hirsch, Jnr. Pub. Harvard Education Press.
efficient & therefore most pleasurable method of teaching
decoding is called synthetic phonics'' p251.
Language at the speed of sight: How we read, why so many
can't, and what can be done about it. Mark Seidenberg. Pub.
Basic Books. 2017. Kindle edition available.
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.
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..'
The National Research and Development Centre for adult
literacy, language and numeracy (NRDC now closed) Developmental
Dyslexia in Adults: a research review. 2004.
Dyslexia: Literacy and psychological assessment
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'
X Free booklet: Sounds~Write's
'Spelling theory and a lexicon of English spellings'
'Dyslexia: a categorical falsehood without validity or utility' by
Simon Gibbs and Julian Elliott
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''
Free excerpt p1-10. What is dyslexia?: http://assets.cambridge.org/97805211/19863/excerpt/9780521119863_excerpt.pdf
Prof Rhona Johnston:
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.
X The Clackmannanshire study: A Seven Year Study of the Effects of Synthetic Phonics Teaching on Reading and Spelling Attainment. Johnston/Watson. 2005. http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2005/02/20682/52383
a reader from birth: your child's path from language to literacy. Diane McGuinness.
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.
1991. Reading, Learning and the National Curriculum. Martin Turner. CPS.
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:
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.
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. https://archive.org/details/psychologyandpe03hueygoog
1898. Nellie Dale’s Book ‘On the Teaching of English Reading’
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.
1866. Reading without tears, or, A pleasant mode of learning to read by Favell Lee Mortimer.
Richard Venezkey's collection of historical American Primers and Readers
Old alphabet and spelling books from the Devon Collection of Children’s Books
Out of print books - try www.abebooks.co.uk or Amazon Marketplace for copies.