The psychology and pedagogy of reading
with a review of the history of reading and writing and of methods, texts, and hygiene in reading
The writer's studies upon reading began nearly ten Then it is due to education that from time to time the psychological investigations that have pedagogical bearings be edited, for such applications as education can helpfully make of them.
And while engaged in this latter task, for reading, and falling in with much of the pedagogical literature of the subject, it became ever more evident that there was great need of bringing together the data not merely from the psychology of reading, but from the history of reading and of reading methods, from the current practice and points of view in the subject, and from the side of hygiene, drawing finally such conclusions as these collected data might warrant for the guidance of present and future practice in reading and learning to read.
So the present volume has taken form, typical of books which, it seems to me, should be written for each of the more important school subjects, however poorly this volume may exemplify the type. Consider the need for this in the various subjects. Not to mention writing, a branch in which there is perhaps the most of needless confusion and in which perhaps the greatest benefit would be derived from such a concentration of data, and number, in which certain phases have already been well presented, consider, for example, the value of such a treatment of geography.
The psychological section would be mainly an outline of researches to be, but it would be of the greatest value to have these suggested, with our graduate departments full of men looking for problems. The school subjects, ordinarily, involve some characteristic modes of mental and physiological functioning which furnish to psychology problems fruitful for psychology's own purposes. But pedagogically, what sort of symbols, for instance, are the most effective instruments for thinking the earth, its divisions and dependencies?
Our actual experiences, the very appearances of mountains and cities seen in reality or constructed in miniature, the best geographical furniture for life's uses? Or do symbols utterly unlike the realities, marks and colours upon maps and charts and globes, give us the most compact and convenient scheme for mind's dealing with the earth's forms?
Or are words, though totally unlike their objects, the best manipulators of meanings here, as they certainly are in some divisions of thinking? And what is the order in the development of capacity and interest, in the child and the race, for the various modes of the symbolic presentation here, and for the various phases of geographical knowledge?
The mysteries and problems of reading . . . I
The psychology of reading
The work of the eye in reading .... 15
The extent of reading matter perceived during a Reading pause 51
The experimental studies upon visual perception in Reading . . . ... . . . 71
The nature of the perceptual process in reading. 102
The inner speech of reading and the mental and
Physical characteristics of speech . . . 117
The functioning of inner speech in the perception of what is read 142
The interpretation of what is read, and the nature of meaning 152
The rate of reading 170
The history of reading and of
The beginnings of reading, in the interpretation of
Gestures and pictures 187
The evolution of an alphabet and of reading by
Alphabetic symbols 203
The evolution of the printed page .... 226
The history of reading methods and texts . . 240
The pedagogy of reading
Present-day methods and texts in elementary reading 265
The views of representative educators concerning Early reading 301
Learning to read at home 313
Learning to read at school. The early period. 336
Reading as a discipline and as training in the
Effective use of books . . . . . 359
What to read; the reading of adolescents . . 371
The hygiene of reading
Reading fatigue 387
Hygienic requirements in the printing of books and papers 406
The future of reading and printing. The elimination of waste . . 421
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Author: Edmund Burke Huey
Publication date: 1908
Company: New York, MacMillan
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