The Power of Reading: Insights from the Research

The Power of Reading Insights from the Research Continuing the case for free voluntary reading set out in the book s first edition this new updated and much looked for second edition explores new research done on the topic in the last ten y

  • Title: The Power of Reading: Insights from the Research
  • Author: Stephen D. Krashen
  • ISBN: 9781591581697
  • Page: 187
  • Format: Paperback
  • Continuing the case for free voluntary reading set out in the book s 1993 first edition, this new, updated, and much looked for second edition explores new research done on the topic in the last ten years as well as looking anew at some of the original research reviewed Krashen also explores research surrounding the role of school and public libraries and the research indContinuing the case for free voluntary reading set out in the book s 1993 first edition, this new, updated, and much looked for second edition explores new research done on the topic in the last ten years as well as looking anew at some of the original research reviewed Krashen also explores research surrounding the role of school and public libraries and the research indicating the necessity of a print rich environment that provides light reading comics, teen romances, magazines as well as the best in literature to assist in educating children to read with understanding and in second language acquisition He looks at the research surrounding reading incentive rewards programs and specifically at the research on AR Accelerated Reader and other electronic reading products.

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    1. Three points stick out to me from this book: 1) Reading is the key to better comprehension, grammar, spelling, writing style, and vocab; 2) Reading is more important to learning how to write well than writing practice is; and 3) light reading is intellectually, academically, and socially viable. While I'm in full agreement and excited about points 1 and 3, point 2 scares me. As a writing instructor, part of my philosophy is that to write well, one should practice writing. I've always believed re [...]

    2. Some great evidence for why reading is so important. Krashen highlights lots of research showing why free voluntary reading is actually the most effective way to improve reading skills, vocabulary acquisition, and writing style. He also discusses reading incentives and why they don't work.Krashen is one of the best advocates for librarians in our role as encouraging free choice reading. Loved this book.

    3. I'm moving this book to my "read" list even though I didn't finish it completely. I'm giving it 3 stars only because it wasn't "easy reading".unless you like to read textbooks with hundreds of cited studies. Krashen definitely did his research! I would say the basic premise is how important reading is, mostly FVR (free voluntary reading), basically reading on your own for pleasure and how FVR is the most effective way to increase literacy. The cited studies show that FVR improves spelling, readi [...]

    4. The book “The Power of Reading, Second Edition: Insights from the Research” by Stephen Krashen absolutely blew me away. I had no idea reading for pleasure was so beneficial.We know that learning to speak is instinctual for children, that as long as the adults around them talk to them, that language will come naturally.Reading, on the other hand, is not quite so natural. Children need to be taught the mechanics of sounding out words, and helped along as they learn the basics. But, according t [...]

    5. While I didn't really enjoy the style this book was written in, the research citations broke up the text and coincidentally ruined the flow, I did learn a lot of new things about the affects and benefits of reading. My favorite was the studies explaining that reading greatly improves language acquisition for second language learners compared to rote memorization and grammar lessons. I think this kind of knowledge would inspire people who are struggling with a second language to read more.I am no [...]

    6. Stephen D. Krashen provides a solid argument in favor of self-directed reading in the classroom. Krashen provides numerous studies to back up his claims that children who choose their own books and have ample opportunity to read them during school will see improvements in vocabulary, spelling, grammar, writing, and reading scores.This research has been here for years. When will parents, educators, administrators, and government officials realize that to improve reading, children need to read? It [...]

    7. Very good, fast read that summarizes some of the research on reading, especially free voluntary reading (rather than reading instruction). Krashen is a prolific researcher, and often has his own research (or that of his grad students, I would assume) to back up his points. I read the second edition, from 2004, and would like to see it updated further still. The research on comic books and on television viewing all seem dated to me; few studies more recent than 1995 seem to have been cited. Overa [...]

    8. A must for teachers of Language Arts. Period. I disagree with the reviewer who found this to be text book-like: "TPR" felt like a conversation with a smart and passionate researcher, the sort who can break down big issues into simple concepts. While there is plenty of attention paid to SSR, Krashen also unpacks the importance of access to text as essential to reading efficacy. He tackles Accelerated Reader.Give this as a gift to any children's or teen librarian you know.

    9. Well, the specific reason that I requested this title from another library was to read the section on the importance of pleasure reading, specifically the use of comic books to "hook" young people into reading. So I've only read a small section of the book so far but what I've read, I like.The section on reading comics is as good as I hoped it would be. Krashen has some interesting connections to make for readers and those who are encouraging young people to read.

    10. Krashen's work--especially this book--is consistently cited by Gallagher, Atwell, Schmoker, Alfie Kohn, and others. I thought it was time to read the book they all kept citing--loaded with interesting research studies done over the past century on benefits of free voluntary reading over traditional reading instruction.

    11. I bought this for my middle school library professional collection after reading it for a class. Though the research citations do detract from the enjoyment of reading it, I can move past them to the heart of the book. I will be pushing for Free Voluntary Reading (FVR) time in our Language Arts classes.

    12. Krashen is the free voluntary reading maverick, and this book lays out the research and makes his case. I like the take-aways in bullets in the margins: good for busy professionals who need research-based talking points.

    13. I had read the second edition as an ebook but after a while ordered for the first edition in paper, which is the current one. It is a very useful resources for literacy educators and language teachers in the realization of the power that recreational reading has.

    14. Yeah, baby -- free voluntary reading !! (aka, FVR!!). (Seriously, tho, required reading for anyone seriously interested in literacy and 'the problem of literacy.' This is an authority -- all the research, succinct, and pointed. For everyone elsewhatever ;-) ).

    15. This book is mind-blowing and I'm only part way through it. I wish my teachers knew about this stuff when I was in school: free voluntary reading is the best thing for growing children into thinking and literate adults.

    16. I also read this for my thesis as an undergrad. It was my first introduction to research on literacy. I'd love to read more books like this.

    17. One of my favorite library school books. He dismisses phonics-based curriculum and simply states that a child learns to read by reading.

    18. This book's research on Free and Voluntary Reading justifies the existence of school libraries and intellectual freedom for children. You're the best, Stephen Krashen.

    19. I had read the earlier edition of this book years ago and LOVED it. This newer edition is great, too. It is definitely a book that will influence the literacy program at our charter school.

    20. Lots of interesting thoughts/ideas! I have to pick five quotes for the class that I am enrolled in. How can I only pick five?!

    21. So I read this for a class and found it amazingly awesome because it backs up everything I want to do with my life.

    22. Good book, especially if you like research. He does a good job of breaking it down for those less than thrilled with statistics. As a French teacher, I appreciated the application to second language acquisition.

    23. Great book for lots of different studies on reading, language skills and children. It was extremely helpful in writing my grant application.

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