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    Varieties of Deficiency in the Reading Processes

    Magdalen D. Vernon
    Synthesizing a diverse group of studies, M. D. Vernon argues that reading disability is not a unitary phenomenon but can result from deficiencies in different psychological processes. Previous attempts to group poor readers according to deficiencies in these processes, however, have been largely unsuccessful because, Vernon maintains, they failed to take into account the steps required in learning to read. The author asserts that because of varying psychological dysfunctions, breakdowns can occur at specific points in acquiring reading. Based on the points at which an individual's reading breaks down, Vernon presents a fourfold classifications scheme capable of categorizing all poor readers.

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    Fall 1977 Issue

    Abstracts

    Introduction
    Eugene Radwin, Maryanne Wolf-Ward
    Foreword
    Helen Popp
    From Utterance to Text
    The Bias of Language in Speech and Writing
    David R. Olson
    Two Functions of Language
    Carol Fleisher Feldman
    Trends in Second-Language-Acquisition Research
    Kenji Hakuta, Herlinda Cancino
    Learning about Psycholinguistic Processes by Analyzing Oral Reading
    Kenneth S. Goodman, Yetta M. Goodman
    Alternative Conceptualizations of Dyslexia
    Evidence in Support of a Verbal-Deficit Hypothesis
    Frank R. Vellutino
    An Interactionist Approach to Advancing Literacy
    Nan Elsasser, Vera P. John-Steiner
    The Nature of Literacy
    An Historical Exploration
    Daniel P. Resnick, Lauren B. Resnick
    Making Sense of Reading—And of Reading Instruction
    Frank Smith
    Varieties of Deficiency in the Reading Processes
    Magdalen D. Vernon
    Reading Reconsidered
    Thomas Wolf
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