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Reading Essentials: The Specifics You Need to Teach Reading Well


reviewed by Jacqueline Edmondson — 2003

coverTitle: Reading Essentials: The Specifics You Need to Teach Reading Well
Author(s): Regie Routman
Publisher: Heinemann, Portsmouth, NH
ISBN: 0325004927, Pages: 272, Year: 2002
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For classroom teachers, there are many ways of knowing. At times, some seek out sociological and anthropological understandings, while at other times, historical and ethical knowledge is most helpful in making instructional decisions. Yet within today’s current political climate in education, scientific knowledge has assumed precedence over these other ways of knowing. Federal money for schools is attached to scientifically-based reading programs, states are emphasizing high stakes standardized tests to measure discrete skills, and research attention is directed toward experimental designs. Within this context, Regie Routman’s latest book, Reading Essentials: The Specifics You Need to Teach Reading Well, is a timely and important reminder that there are other ways of knowing and being when teaching reading well to children. Early in the text, Routman is clear about her agenda: [As teachers, we] devalue our own knowledge and experiences while over-relying on scientific research. We fail to see teacher research as credible, and we ignore decades of literacy research from around the world. We’ve made teaching and learning... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 105 Number 7, 2003, p. 1208-1211
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11093, Date Accessed: 12/17/2017 4:43:46 PM

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  • Jacqueline Edmondson
    Pennsylvania State University
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    Jacqueline Edmondson is Assistant Professor of Education, Language and Literacy Education, Pennsylvania State University. Her book, Prairie Town: Rural Literacies and a New Sense of Place, is forthcoming from Rowman and Littlefield.
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