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ISBN-13: 978-0470873939 ISBN-10: 0470873930 Edition: 1st

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  • Paperback: 408 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (June 5, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470873930
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470873939
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #263,702 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Melissa Lee Farrall, PhD, is an adjunct faculty member in the Language and Literacy Program at Simmons College in Boston, as well as an adjunct faculty member at Bay Path College in Longmeadow, Massachusetts. One of the founding members of The Reading Foundation, she presently works as a consultant with parents and school districts. She served for several years on the board of directors of the New Hampshire Branch of the International Dyslexia Association.


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Though this may be, overall, a fairly good textbook in many ways, these problems severely damage the author's credibility.
D. Williams
One of the biggest challenges new teachers face is how to write fair, effective assessments that provide good data to drive further classroom instruction.
judolphin
Overall, a good comprehensive book that is useful for someone who is working and doing reading assessment and coaching with children.
Jane Rosenthal

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Joan C. Scott VINE VOICE on July 19, 2012
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On Page 2 of the introduction, Dr. Farrall says she intends Reading Assessment Linking Language, Lieracy, and Cognition to be a graduate level text for a course in reading assessment or reading assessment. Reading the book makes me want to take her course.

I have been teaching reading for 25 years (out of my 35-year working life so far) -- and this is probably the best book I have seen on reading. Unlike many college texts, this one clearly defines terms that would have been learned in a prerequisite course before she uses them. It reviews the history of development of whatever Dr. Farrall wants to discuss, placing things in a life-context. Dr. Farrall even dares to include humorous comments, rare in college books I have used. The end result is a useful book that is enjoyable to read.

While this book would be an excellent foundation for a course, it is also a good reference for educators because of its excellent indexing and its extensive list of additional references.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jane Rosenthal VINE VOICE on August 20, 2012
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Overall, I think is a nice comprehensive book. I like the author's integrated approach that explores the complex components of reading and tries to tie them together. The instructions to the people administering the tests she described are important and well thought out. I understand the criticism that other reviewers gave about the old resources, but I found it well researched; I think the issue lies in the fact that the tests that schools use are quite old so she cites the research related to that, but I also felts she included plenty of more recent research and literature in her resources section.

Overall, a good comprehensive book that is useful for someone who is working and doing reading assessment and coaching with children.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Irishman65 on August 16, 2012
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Melissa Lee Farrell has written a comprehensive book on reading assessment which even includes many great research-based ideas, suggestions, and strategies as well as, some commen sense advice like, "Never proof when you are tired." Nice to see common sense included in an academically oriented text.

PROS - The book is organized from introduction and reading theory and stages to areas that include linguistic and cultural diversity - those in charge of standardized tests would do well to note the section that indicates that academic proficiency in a second language may take 4-7 years - not the one year given currently for ESL test takers and their hard-working teachers. The book also includes statistics and test development, the role of intellectual assessment, underlying processes, etc. As you read, the book hits many of the current topics in reading assessment today, including responses to intervention and mastery and automaticity. Anyone involved in teaching reading and assessing reading will find guidance in this book that will help deepen their knowledge and help shape their instructional approach.

Cons - So why not five stars? It is a five-star text but it is dense and as said, comprehensive (like a college text for a course on reading) and most teachers have such limited time as it is, that makes getting to all the reading of this text and everything else they must do, that much harder.

It would be great if administrators purchased this book for their staff and used it for professional development sessions or if reading coaches could introduce the sections related to specific staff needs so that it gets utilized and/or implemented that much sooner. That's not to say that individual teachers shouldn't have their own copy, just that individual teachers would benefit from institutional support of this book.
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I selected this book in hopes it would improve my own communication style and become more effective. I didn't realize (and perhaps I should have) that this book really isn't for that purpose. The book seems to be authored to teachers who want a better idea on how their students comprehend input. The book goes into a lot of detail on the various forms of learning from infants to adults and explains a lot about various styles of learning. This I believe would make for a great text book for someone going through a learning development class, but should not really be considered if you are looking to improve upon your own skills.

I would encourage you to, which I did not do... Click on the "LOOK INSIDE" option on the product page here on amazon for this book. It allows you to skim through parts of the book to get a better feel for what this book is and if it's something that you are looking for. I believe this is a great way to showcase this book, it's a great reference but it is not for everyone.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth J. Kohutek VINE VOICE on August 3, 2012
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This text, intended to be a graduate text in either a reading assessment or general assessment course, is extremely well written and should not be limited to the university setting. The author is able to combine a wealth of information in a manner that can keep the reader involved. One of the ways in which this is accomplished is through her sense of humor. It is apparent that Dr. Farrall is outstanding in the classroom. Another way in which she engages the reader is through her method of presenting references. Often she cites the reference and shares information with interesting about the person to whom she is referring.

The book starts with the shocking data regarding the literacy in the U.S. and the importance of language in the maintaining of a culture. The intertwining of language, culture and cognition is excellent. Theories of language acquisition/development are reviewed early in the text.The introduction (chapter 1) lays the foundation and describes the future chapters.

Later chapters address issues of cultural diversity, test development, test administration and report writing, the relationship between IQ and academic achievement, disorders related to reading, reading comprehension, spelling as well as written expression.

Each chapter has a conclusion as well as review questions (the answer key is located in Appendix A).The figures and tables are helpful in that they summarize the information in a concise fashion. The template for report writing in chapter 6 is useful for both the novice and experienced. Rounding out this text is a glossary, what seems an exhaustive list of references and, for some, additional references to which one may consult.

An excellent book in an area which needs this direction! Recommended for a wide variety of professionals.
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