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I agree--this reminds me of the hooked on phonics craze that was popular
in the 90s. 


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From: Open Forum for Learning Assistance Professionals
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Sent: Friday, March 17, 2006 3:49 PM
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Subject: Re: Reading persons/NADE presentation/conference: Read Right
March 24-26/FW: Struggling Freshmen: Ca

Susan:
Yes, I agree with you about what Dr. Tadlock has said.

 I guess as a reading specialist, I ask...isn't this the same thing as
phonological awareness and fluency?  While it is accurate that in adult
literacy programs these two concepts are not always emphasized, it does
not mean that focusing on comprehension is all bad.  Yes, if a person
does not have the automaticity to decode words, comprehension will be
limited.  Of course, more research would need to be done to determine
how much meaning is lost without automaticity.  Other limitations within
the adult literacy environment would have to include vocabulary
development.  I guess I'm not convinced that this is the root of all
evil.  

Also, the fact that they are trying to sell me a program causes me to
hesitate to jump on the band wagon.

Just my opinion,
Pam Sawyer  

PhD student
Texas Woman's University
Denton, TX


>>> [log in to unmask] 03/17/06 12:32 PM >>>
That's funny, at least from the opening paragraphs and that perhaps
purposely vague "processing of information" , I thought she was saying
that "reading comprehension is more than the complex stuff" and had to
include the automatic neurological translation of the print to the
speech sounds and words ("word recognition") to free up the mind to do
the more complex information processing.  

Susan Jones
Academic Development Specialist
Academic Development Center
Parkland College
Champaign, IL  61821
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>>> [log in to unmask] 03/16/06 3:24 PM >>>
Try reading Dr. Tadlock's paper, "Interactive Constructivism and
Reading:  The Nature of Neural Networks Challenges the Phonological
Processing Hypothesis."  You can access it from the Read Right website.
I think what she is trying to say, put simplistically, is that reading
comprehension is not just word recognition (visual processing of
information), but a much more complex process involving other parts of
the brain besides the area identified in various imaging studies as the
one(s) involved in reading (hence Tadlock's use of the term neural
networks).  Her paper explains it better than I possibly could.
 
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Sent: Wednesday, March 15, 2006 4:20 PM
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Subject: Re: Reading persons/NADE presentation/conference: Read Right
March 24-26/FW: Struggling Freshmen: Can the Epidemic of Reading
Problems be Stopped?
 
Hi All,
I mistakenly sent this message to only Dan yesterday, but I'd like to
hear what other listers have to say, so I'm posting it again--this time
to the entire list.
 
With respect to the content of the article maybe there are people on the
list who can answer a couple of questions that I have. Jean La Bauve is
quoted as saying, "We've been teaching information processing. We
haven't been teaching reading." And, I believe I heard Dee Tadlock say
something very similar, if not identical, at the last CRLA conference
and I didn't understand what she meant. But La Bauve goes on to say, "If
they struggle to access the information in the first place because of
reading problems, how can they be expected to process it?" Without
knowing any more than what appears here, it seems like these two
statements are contradictory. Isn't the first one suggesting that there
is something wrong or missing about teaching reading as information
processing, and the second quote saying we should be teaching
information processing? I can't figure this out.
 
My sense that the Read Right approach actually emphasizes information
processing while suggesting its limitations  is affirmed by my reading
of the following sentences in the article: "Teaching the brain to think
that it must simply identify words in order to read is very misleading
and can deter the brain in figuring out the much more complex process
correctly." Talking about brains in this anthropomorphic way as if human
brains "think" and "figure out" 
things and are "deterred" is emblematic of information-processing and
computational theories of cognition. So, it seems to me that this
approach is rooted in an information-processing view of reading.
 
If anyone can shed light on this for the list, I'd greatly appreciate
it.
Thanks,
Nic
 
 
 
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individual
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>Finally, for those that enjoy reading about theory and research, Dr.
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Nature
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may be
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