Integrating Theory and Practice: A Daunting Task

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1994, Vol 39(2), 192–193. Reviews the book, Understanding and Teaching Reading: An Interactive Model by Emerald Dechant (1991). The primary audience for the book is preservice and in-service teachers, including regular, remedial, and special educators However, the book will also appeal to professional psychologists who want a scholarly and accurate introduction to both the reading process and the teaching of reading. It provides an excellent summary of both the reading process and the teaching of reading. It is a good introduction to both these areas for teachers as well as for professional psychologists. The book falls short in the rather ambitious goal of integrating theory and research with practice. However, the theme of the dual importance of word identification and comprehension is consistent in both the theory and practice sections of the text. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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