Can We Read Letters?

Reflections on Fundamental Issues in Reading and Dyslexia Research

  • Finn Egil Tønnessen
  • Per Henning Uppstad

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Finn Egil Tønnessen, Per Henning Uppstad
    Pages 1-17
  3. Finn Egil Tønnessen, Per Henning Uppstad
    Pages 19-29
  4. Finn Egil Tønnessen, Per Henning Uppstad
    Pages 31-43
  5. Finn Egil Tønnessen, Per Henning Uppstad
    Pages 45-53
  6. Finn Egil Tønnessen, Per Henning Uppstad
    Pages 55-72
  7. Finn Egil Tønnessen, Per Henning Uppstad
    Pages 73-81
  8. Finn Egil Tønnessen, Per Henning Uppstad
    Pages 83-91
  9. Finn Egil Tønnessen, Per Henning Uppstad
    Pages 93-109
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 111-132

About this book

Introduction

“In their new book, Finn Egil Tønnessen and Per Henning Uppstad provide a set of theoretical and philosophical reflections on research in reading and dyslexia. It is a pleasure to welcome this book, which reflects the many contributions made by researchers at the National Centre for Reading Education and Research in Stavanger, Norway.” – Professor Usha Goswami, University of Cambridge.
Careful reflection on the concepts and methods used is a prerequisite for further development in any field of research.
The authors think cognitive psychology has become too dominant in reading and dyslexia research, arguing that it should be combined with behaviourism and connectionism – in part by focusing on the concept of ‘skill’. The key components of a skill are claimed to be automaticity, awareness and shifts between them. Reading is defined as an interpretative skill, which should be viewed from the perspective of hermeneutics.
The authors use these fundamental analyses and definitions to shed new light on the ‘balanced approach to reading instruction’, ‘reading fluency’ and other key concepts. The book also deals with problems in the definition of ‘dyslexia’ and proposes a method to arrive at clear and fruitful definitions. It concludes with a chapter trying to answer the question of in what sense, or to what extent, it can be claimed that reading and dyslexia research has made progress.
The book mainly builds on articles published over the past 25 years by Professor Finn Egil Tønnessen at the National Centre for Reading Education and Research, Stavanger, Norway.

Keywords

definition dyslexia hermeneutics reading skill

Authors and affiliations

  • Finn Egil Tønnessen
    • 1
  • Per Henning Uppstad
    • 2
  1. 1.National Centre for Reading Education and ResearchStavangerNorway
  2. 2.National Centre for Reading Education and ResearchStavangerNorway

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-6209-956-2
  • Copyright Information SensePublishers-Rotterdam, The Netherlands 2015
  • Publisher Name SensePublishers, Rotterdam
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law
  • Online ISBN 978-94-6209-956-2
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