Reading and Learning Difficulties is a comprehensive guide to teaching reading more effectively to a wide range of children. The book presents a variety of research-supported approaches to teaching that have been designed to make learning to read easier and more successful for all children. By examining the way readers process text and identifying the knowledge and skills needed to become a proficient reader, the author explains why learning problems can sometimes occur and what can be done to prevent or overcome these difficulties.
Topics covered include: The reading process: What does skilled reading involve? Teaching methods and specific strategies; The need for a balanced approach to instruction; Learning difficulties in reading; and Assessment, intervention and support. Though it draws extensively on research from the fields of developmental and cognitive psychology, Reading and Learning Difficulties is written in a straightforward, jargon-free style that will appeal to the busy teacher. Both students in pre-service teacher education courses and postgraduate students will appreciate the extensive reference list.