Intro to the Science of Reading
Curated by the PA Training and Technical Assistance Network
This Smore includes web sites, research, resources, tools, presentations and more all related to deepening our understanding of the science of reading and related instructional practices.
The Science of Reading Defined
The science of reading is a vast, interdisciplinary body of scientifically-based* research about reading and issues related to reading and writing.
This research has been conducted over the last five decades across the world, and it is derived from thousands of studies conducted in multiple languages. The science of reading has culminated in a preponderance of evidence to inform how proficient reading and writing develop; why some have difficulty; and how we can most effectively assess and teach and, therefore, improve student outcomes through prevention of and intervention for reading difficulties.
The science of reading is derived from researchers from multiple fields:
What the Science of Reading is NOT
The science of reading is not:
an ideology or philosophy,
a fad, trend, new idea, or pendulum swing,
a political agenda,
a one-size-fits-all approach,
a program of instruction
a single, specific component of instruction such as phonics