Learning to read is one of the most important life skills teachers can help a child develop. Teaching reading is a vital part of a career in the classroom and engaging with the range of different learning styles children have is a real challenge. Trainee teachers need to learn how to address this variety of learning needs, and also meet the wider demands of the curriculum. Margaret Perkins helps students meet these challenges to become a confident, reflective teacher of reading by providing: * An in-depth explanation of phonics teaching alongside other teaching approaches, empowering trainees to choose the right approach for each individual child * Key research findings so students can apply the latest thinking to their teaching practice* School-based activities and independent learning tasks to help apply theory to practice, and develop teaching skills through self-reflection * Classroom scenarios of teacher-child interactions that demonstrate how children learn and respond to different teaching strategies.

How do Children Develop as Readers?

How do Children Develop as Readers?

How do Children Develop as Readers?

Chapter objectives

At the end of this chapter you should:

  • understand how the knowledge, skills and understandings held by very young children are learned
  • recognise the social and cultural nature of reading
  • be informed of different models of reading development
  • be able to identify and reflect on the reading behaviours of young children.


So far, in this first section of the book which focuses on subject knowledge, we have concentrated on what it is that teachers of reading need to know about children and reading. In this last chapter of the first section, we turn our attention to children. What do they need to know about reading in order to become effective readers and how do they learn ...

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