Missing the Meaning

The Development and Use of Print and Nonprint Text Materials in Diverse School Settings

  • Alan Peacock
  • Ailie Cleghorn

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxii
  2. What Do We Believe We are Doing with Text-Based and Other Learning Materials?

  3. Why do Learners have Problems with Text Materials?

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 73-73
    2. Alan Peacock, Ailie Cleghorn
      Pages 75-88
    3. Wayne Leahy, Graham Cooper, John Sweller
      Pages 89-103
    4. P. Karen Murphy, Theresa A. Holleran
      Pages 133-144
    5. Thomas Hardy
      Pages 145-159
  4. How Can Text and Other Learning Materials be Better Matched to the Preconceptions, Expectations, and Inclinations of Learners and Teachers?

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 179-179
    2. Alan Peacock, Ailie Cleghorn, Mirjamaija Mikkilä-Erdmann
      Pages 181-196
    3. Sharon Walpole, Laura Smolkin
      Pages 197-211
    4. Robertta H. Barba
      Pages 239-252
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 267-270

About this book


Missing the Meaning investigates recent evidence that school text materials are more problematic than previously imagined. Difficulties with language, illustrations, design and cultural mismatch are highlighted, and ways in which young students 'read' books and electronic materials in classrooms are compared through contributions from researchers across five continents. The book suggests new ways to develop and use text so that the materials are better matched to the diverse needs of teachers and students. The implications of this collection are wide, applying not only to teachers, but to teacher educators, educational publishers, software developers and policy makers.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Alan Peacock
    • 1
  • Ailie Cleghorn
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Education and Lifelong LearningUniversity of ExeterUK
  2. 2.Department of EducationConcordia University in MontrealCanada

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