One of the problems with a conception of learning that is focused on ‘understanding’ is that it concentrates the notion of learning in the mind. From an empirical point of view, the mind of the learner is to some extent a ‘black box’. We can only infer what is going...
Code-breaking is what you do when you don’t know the code. There are two main approaches to teaching reading, which can be summarised as code-based and meaning-based. Code-based teaching works on the premise that there is a known, culturally shared, symbolic...
“It would be good if your training programme presented a more balanced view.” This oft-posed challenge to those who propose an effective approach to teaching reading, i.e. one that is both rationally and empirically sound – was also put to us recently. ...
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