Science of Reading: Defining Guide

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The science of reading is a vast, interdisciplinary body of scientifically-based research about reading and issues related to reading and writing. This research has been conducted over the last five decades across the world, and it is derived from thousands of studies conducted in multiple languages.

The science of reading has culminated in a preponderance of evidence to inform how proficient reading and writing develop; why some have difficulty; and how we can most effectively assess and teach and, therefore, improve student outcomes through prevention of and intervention for reading difficulties.

Although the scientific evidence base for effective reading has existed for decades, the term “the science of reading” has gained traction in the last few years, potentially leading to misunderstandings. A common definition for the term:

  • Supports educators and parents as they discern what is and is not in alignment with the science of reading
  • Assists people in becoming informed and wiser consumers of instructional materials, professional development, and resources
  • Impacts publishers’ and policy makers’ decisions as they develop materials and policy guidelines
  • Guides people in the true educational transformation needed for sustainable change to effective practice
  • Unifies the effort of all stakeholders on behalf of students to ensure the advancement of educational equity
  • A worldwide commitment to understanding what it is ensures it is not misunderstood or minimally applied.

This 40-page, full-color book provides a firm definition of what the science of reading is, what it is not, and how all stakeholders can use it correctly to transform reading instruction.

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ISBN: 978-0-578-99757-5

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