Reading and School Reform

Authored by: Barbara M. Taylor , Taffy E. Raphael , Kathryn H. Au

Handbook of Reading Research: Volume IV

Print publication date:  October  2010
Online publication date:  March  2011

Print ISBN: 9780805853421
eBook ISBN: 9780203840412
Adobe ISBN: 9781136891427


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In constructing this interpretative review—the first on school reform to be included in a Handbook of Reading Research —we acknowledge both the rich history on which we are building and establish parameters that must, by their very nature, limit the scope of the research on which we will draw. The review focuses primarily on elementary (K–8) school-level reform initiatives to improve students’ reading abilities (i.e., achievement, engagement, dispositions). We believe reading abilities are fundamental to creating an educated citizenry able to compete in a global society as well as fulfill personal goals in life. And we believe that school reform is essential to the overall goal of improving literacy achievement. That schools need reform is not a concept many would debate, but the nature of the reform—particularly reform in reading—has long been open to interpretation.

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