2. Reading Theory and Stages of Reading Acquisition

  1. Melissa Lee Farrall

Published Online: 27 JUN 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118092668.ch2

Reading Assessment: Linking Language, Literacy, and Cognition

Reading Assessment: Linking Language, Literacy, and Cognition

How to Cite

Farrall, M. L. (2012) Reading Theory and Stages of Reading Acquisition, in Reading Assessment: Linking Language, Literacy, and Cognition, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, USA. doi: 10.1002/9781118092668.ch2

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 27 JUN 2012
  2. Published Print: 21 MAY 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470873939

Online ISBN: 9781118092668

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Keywords:

  • definition of reading;
  • nature vs. nurture;
  • Skinner;
  • Vygotsky;
  • Chomsky;
  • Piaget;
  • whole language;
  • three-cueing system;
  • simple view of reading;
  • rope model;
  • cognitive model;
  • Jeanne Chall;
  • stages of reading;
  • Linnea Ehri;
  • Spear-Swerling and Sternberg

Summary

The philosophical underpinnings of the current controversies in reading are presented with a focus on the legacy that theorists have given to education. The contributions of John Locke and Jean Jacque Rousseau are reviewed together with the work of B.F. Skinner and Noam Chomsky. Jean Piaget and Lev Vygotsky set the stage for Frank Smith and the whole language perspective, and the belief that learning to read is as natural as learning to speak. The Simple View of Reading is explained; Scarborough's Rope Model and McKenna and Stahl's Cognitive Model are summarized culminating in a discussion of Jean Chall's stages of reading development and Linnea Ehri's views on spelling development and reading acquisition.