The Skills of the Plodder

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1978, Vol 23(10), 731–732. Reviews the book, Toward a Psychology of Reading: The Proceedings of the CUNY Conferences edited by Arthur S. Reber and Don L. Scarborough (see record 1978-04878-000). The special kind of awareness that a child must develop in order to read an alphabetic orthography is stressed by several contributors. But there seem to be various misunderstandings about what the child can be and must become aware of. Exercises in blending and segmentation serve to awaken the child's linguistic intuitions, but Williams (along with many other students of reading) calls these skills “auditory.” (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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