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Re: [xmca] Obama's Learn Act

Hi all,
For those of us who are not American, could somebody explain what is the main issue that is at stake concerning reading instruction? I need more information to understand the debate, and I am particularly interested in learning more about pros and cons of early reading instruction. Is there anything new in that debate? The concerns about measurement are clear to me, but those related to instruction are less clear.
Information will be appreciated.
David Preiss

On Dec 14, 2009, at 2:07 PM, mike cole wrote:


What does your current understanding of that work lead you to conclude vis a vis the push to start reading instruction so early that appears part of the
package of propositions being criticized?

On Mon, Dec 14, 2009 at 9:03 AM, Gordon Wells <gwells@ucsc.edu> wrote:

I am somewhat afraid that this post may be seen as "purveying
academic drivel for self advancement", as Mike puts it." But here goes.

The second edition of *The Meaning Makers - t*he study of children
learning to talk and talking to learn at home and school, based on the Bristol Study that I carried out a quarter of a century ago, has recently been published. As well as the original text, updated where appropriate, it contains three additional chapters that survey and comment on what has happened since the original publication. I do believe the evidence of that
study is relevant to the ongoing discussion of the Learn Act.

For those who are interested, here are the publication details:
[image: Jacket Image For] *The Meaning Makers*<http://www.multilingual-matters.com/display.asp?K=9781847691989&search_text_01=Gordon+Wells&search_field_01=author&search_field_02=editor&search_field_03=ctitle&search_field_04=identifier&search_field_06=keyword&sort=sort_title&m=1&dc=2 >
* Series:*  New Perspectives on Language and Education
*Author: * Gordon Wells<http://www.multilingual-matters.com/results.asp?aub=Gordon+Wells&TAG=&CID= >
*Binding: *Paperback
*ISBN: * 1847691986
*ISBN-13: * 9781847691989
*Pub Date: *01 Aug 2009
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Gordon Wells <gwells@ucsc.edu> http://people.ucsc.edu/~gwells/<http://people.ucsc.edu/%7Egwells/ >
Department of Education
University of California, Santa Cruz.

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