The Case for the Narrow View of Reading
The fundamental problem with a broad view of reading is that it conflates two very different abilities—word recognition and comprehension. The narrow view restricts the scope of reading to word recognition, thereby focusing on a skill that can be taught to all students except those with most severe disabiliities. This clinical forum presents a rationale for embracing the narrow view of reading, followed by responses from leading researchers and clinicians.
You will be able to:
- Discuss the complexities of comprehension and the challenges involved in assessing and improving comprehension abilities.
- Explain the importance of the sentence in comprehension.
- List practical concerns about the the narrow view’s impact on instruction and services for struggling students.
- Discuss the the range of cognitive, conceptual, language, affective, and motivational factors that influence the development of reading fluency and comprehension.
- List practical suggestions for providing curriculum-relevant language-based intervention for school-age students with language learning disabilities.