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Reading Instruction that Works: The Case for Balanced Teaching (2nd edition)


reviewed by Mike Currier — 2003

coverTitle: Reading Instruction that Works: The Case for Balanced Teaching (2nd edition)
Author(s): Michael Pressley
Publisher: Guilford Press, New York
ISBN: 1572307331, Pages: 378, Year: 2002
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This book is more than a compilation of lectures presented by an astute-thinking reading educator.  Duty took me beyond Dr. Pressley’s impressive introduction of himself and his interesting vita to realize that this was going to be a fascinating read.  Sure, I could put the book down whenever I needed to, but I was always anxious to pick it up and pan for more nuggets of solidly presented research and information.   Reading Instruction that Works is not a textbook for a graduate reading education course, nor is it a book that practicing elementary educators will likely be attracted to read, although they ought to – not enough recipes for guaranteed success.  It is, instead, a valuable resource of significant information and viewpoints about the nature of the reading act, the essential aspects of learning to read and of not learning to read, and the processes needed to transform reading education in our elementary schools today.  Pressley addresses, full-face, the debate between whole language reading and skills-based instruction. ... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 105 Number 1, 2003, p. 24-27
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 10931, Date Accessed: 10/19/2017 9:28:04 PM

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  • Mike Currier
    Springtown Independent School District, Texas
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    MIKE CURRIER, Ph.D., is the Reading Department Chair and 5th grade classroom teacher at the Springtown Intermediate School, Springtown Independent School District, Texas.
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