Closing the Reading Gap

1st Edition

Alex Quigley

Routledge
April 16, 2020 Forthcoming
Reference - 252 Pages - 11 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9780367276881 - CAT# 312211

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Summary

Our students’ success will be defined by their ability to read fluently and skilfully. But despite universal acceptance of reading’s vital importance, the reading gap in our classroom remains, and it is linked to an array of factors, such as parental wealth, education, book ownership, as well as classroom practice. To close this gap, we need to ensure that every teacher has the knowledge and skill to teach reading with confidence.

In Closing the Reading Gap, Alex Quigley explores the intriguing history and science of reading, synthesising the debates and presenting a wealth of usable evidence into how children develop most efficiently as successful readers. Offering practical strategies for teachers at every phase of their teaching career, and tackling issues such as dyslexia and the role of technology, the book helps teachers to be an expert in how pupils ‘learn to read’ as well as how they ‘read to learn’, and explores how reading is vital for unlocking a challenging academic curriculum for every student.

With a focus on nurturing pupils’ will and skill to read for pleasure, this essential volume provides practical solutions to help all teachers create a rich, reading culture that will enable every student to thrive in school and far beyond the school gates. 

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