Understanding Reading Development


Colin Harrison

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    For Mary


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    The co-authors named in Chapters 3, 5 and 6 each contributed significantly to a key section of the chapter that bears their name. John Perry undertook the latent semantic analysis study reported in Chapter 3, although I reworked the data and reran the LSA analyses before writing that part of the text. Geraldine Kotsis was kind enough to send me a folder of material containing information on 17 DARTs activities that she taught in an inner-city primary school in Glasgow, and upon which I draw in Chapter 5. Alan Dewar and Steve Willshaw were both courageous enough to permit me to team teach with them in secondary English lessons in their schools, and Chapter 6 includes extracts from recordings made during or, in one case, following those lessons. I am and shall remain deeply grateful to these exceptional teachers and to their students for the insights they shared and the opportunities they offered me to reflect on reading development processes in action.

    Note: Every effort has been made to contact the publishers of Figure 1.1 for permission to use the photograph. We apologise for any inconvenience or offence caused by the use of this image.

    The Author

    Colin Harrison is Professor of Literacy in Educaton at the University of Nottingham.

    After teaching English at secondary level he worked on the Schools Council project ‘The Effective Use of Reading’, during which time he chaired the Schools Council's Evaluator's Group. His books include Readability in the Classroom, Interactive Learning and New Technologies and The Reading for Real Handbook. He was a founding editor of the Journal of Research in Reading and is past president of the United Kingdom Reading Association, representing UKRA and other European reading associations on the International Reading Association's Family Literacy Commission. He has directed thirty funded research projects, including nine in the field of new technology.

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