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This is Reading


reviewed by Edward Joseph Shoben, Jr. - 1965

coverTitle: This is Reading
Author(s): F. G. Jennings
Publisher: John Wiley, New York
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Books about reading (may their tribe decrease!) are usually concerned with saccadic eye movements, phonics, visual-cognitive association processes, breadth of eye span, vocalization, etc. They rarely refer in any important fashion to information, fun, ideas, feelings, or vicarious but authentic experience. They are also a bit reminiscent of the bad medical joke about the physician who, confronted with a patient troubled by a common cold, advised the man to stand naked in the winter draft before an open window. "But I'll catch pneumonia," protested the horrified patient. "Yes," said the doctor, "and I know how to cure pneumonia." In an analogy almost as bad as the joke, books about reading seem more knowledgeable about remedial processes than about facilitating the growth of well formed and enthusiastically used reading skills. It is as newsworthy as a man's biting a dog, then, when a book about reading comes along that has very little... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 66 Number 8, 1965, p. 778-778
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 2540, Date Accessed: 5/31/2020 12:54:42 PM

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