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Exploring Differing Assumptions in Reading Science – Beginning Reading Instruction

Dr. Andrew Johnson is a Reading Specialist and a Distinguished Faculty Scholar and Professor of Literacy at Minnesota State University.  I, David Boulton, am a Learning Activist with Learning Stewards. Dr. Johnson and I have very different views about reading and the process of learning to read. We agreed to learn together and respectfully challenge each other as we identify and explore the assumptions that underlie our differences.  During this episode we explore a number of core assumptions and related topics, including those listed below.  As you are listening, if something piques your interest, look below for links to further learning resources.

Thank you, Dr. Johnson!
Thank you (now reading this) for being here.

Children of the Code:
Richard Allington:
Warning from Bush Administration:
What is Reading?:
Artificial Learning:
Artificiality of Reading:
Challenges of Learning to Read:
Language Foundations:
In the Beginning – the Word:
Stanislas Dehaene: (time it takes to learn to read in Italian vs English):
Eye Tracking:
Language Gap:
Hart-Risley “Meaningful Differences”:
Speed of Processing:
Speed of Speech:
Maryanne Wolf – Rapid Naming:
Cycle of Engagement:
Attempt to Reform:  (Franklin, Dewey, Roosevelt, Twain):
Paradigm Inertia in Reading Science:
Flawed Assumption:
Emily Hanford – (my response to):
Interactive Orthography:


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