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Product Details

  • Paperback: 492 pages
  • Publisher: The Guilford Press; 4th edition (March 29, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1609181786
  • ISBN-13: 978-1609181789
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,033 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Now in its fourth edition, Best Practices in Literacy Instruction just keeps getting better! This comprehensive volume offers up-to-date, evidence-based information on virtually everything a teacher needs to know about literacy instruction. Clearly written, with end-of-chapter activities to promote deeper understanding, this book is indispensable for preservice and master’s courses in literacy programs and for school professional development efforts."--Mariam Jean Dreher, PhD, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, University of Maryland, College Park

"This fourth edition continues the tradition of excellence established in prior editions. From motivation to the pillars of literacy, assessment, and new literacies, every significant aspect of teaching reading is fully examined. This is an excellent, up-to-the-minute, evidence-based reference that provides innovative insights into essential literacy topics. Classroom teachers, reading specialists, curriculum directors, and teacher educators will benefit from this wealth of knowledge."--Maureen McLaughlin, EdD, Department of Reading, East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania

"Beginning with the superb introductory chapters, this book is filled with theory- and research-based discussions of critical issues and instructional practices in literacy education. The contributors develop a deeper understanding of literacy in their chapters while embedding a strong emphasis on technology. I loved reading this fourth edition. It flourishes with new ideas, new topics, and an abundance of practical teaching ideas and classroom examples."--Barbara J. Walker, EdD, School of Teaching and Curriculum Leadership, Oklahoma State University

About the Author

 

Lesley Mandel Morrow, PhD, is Professor and Chair of the Department of Learning and Teaching in the Graduate School of Education at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. Her research, which she conducts with children and families from diverse backgrounds, deals with early literacy development and the organization and management of language arts programs. Dr. Morrow has published more than 300 journal articles, chapters, and books. Her work has been recognized with awards including the Outstanding Teacher Educator in Reading Award and the William S. Gray Citation of Merit from the International Reading Association (IRA), and the Oscar S. Causey Award from the Literacy Research Association. Dr. Morrow is past president of the IRA and is a member of the Reading Hall of Fame.
 
Linda B. Gambrell, PhD, is Distinguished Professor in the Eugene T. Moore School of Education at Clemson University. Her major research interests are in the areas of reading comprehension strategy instruction, literacy motivation, and the role of discussion in teaching and learning. Dr. Gambrell has published numerous books and articles on reading instruction. She is a recipient of the Outstanding Teacher Educator in Reading Award from the IRA, the Albert J. Kingston Award from the National Reading Conference, and the Laureate Award from the College Reading Association. She is past president of the IRA and is a member of the Reading Hall of Fame.

 

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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Stephen on February 8, 2012
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I enjoy the book, but I seriously regret buying the kindle edition. There are no chapter links nor is there any searchable table of contents. I thought that the kindle edition would be a great way to have this available as an ever-present reference tool. Without a user-friendly way to search the text by chapter, navigation is far more tedious than it should be. I would imagine most readers would want to keep this book and go back to specific sections for later reference. Not having a hyperlinked table of contents is a serious oversight.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 3, 2012
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This is an excellent resource for classroom teachers, reading specialists, reading coaches, and anyone else involved in literacy education. This book was recommended by "The Sisters" at their conference. I purchased the Kindle edition for my iPad, and it does have chapter links that work. The Kindle edition was more convenient for me to read, so I went for it despite what the one star review said. I'm glad that I did because the navigation is fine. Maybe the navigation has been improved since that reviewer purchased the book.
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By Andrea on June 22, 2014
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Used it for class. Good enough. Interesting points definitely, but I am just trying to finish this review so I can do my reading tonight
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in my five years of going through a teacher education program, this is one of the best books i have had to get. it has so much practical advice about literacy instruction. this book is a keeper and one i will continue to reference.
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I really enjoyed reading this book! It's full of research that supports literacy instruction. All teachers will benefit from the research; as well as the lesson/activity ideas. They can be implemented in all content areas.
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By SC on September 2, 2013
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I enjoyed this book very much. The scaffolded approach allowed me to build my knowledge of the content area and not feel overwhelmed. By the end, my confidence had grown immensely.
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By Lisa South on August 22, 2013
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This book is a must read for all educational professionals, from Elementary to the content specialists at the high school level. I also think parents should be more aware of how to help their children learn to read and develop a love of reading (let's face it, there are teachers who inadvertently cause our children to hate reading). This book covers a range of topics and would be helpful to all teachers and parents.
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I purchased the fourth edition to help me understand literacy challenges facing our school district. I found the book generally well written, engaging, and informative, and I strongly recommend it. Periodically, the authors interrupt the presentation by describing the tradecraft of an excellent teacher, making the concepts concrete.

The editors have chosen Richard Allington to author chapter 4 on struggling readers. Evidently, Allington persists in his belief that there is no such thing as dyslexia, for the book conspicuously avoids any mention of the word. Elsewhere in the book, disputes in literacy are made transparent, so that students can understand the leading issues in literacy in their historical perspective. But the fourth edition perpetuates the conspiracy of silence in education and completely avoids any mention of the topic. By so doing, the book threatens to cripple serious students of reading by depriving them of important information.
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