Looking Through an Adolescent Literacy Lens at the Narrow View of Reading PurposeThis commentary is a personal reaction to A. G. Kamhi’s (2007)  article on the “narrow view” of reading and his suggestion that this view be adopted as a way to address the reading problems of children and adolescents.MethodIn this article, I consider the narrow view of reading from an adolescent ... Clinical Forum
Clinical Forum  |   April 2009
Looking Through an Adolescent Literacy Lens at the Narrow View of Reading
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Barbara J. Ehren
    University of Central Florida, Orlando
  • Contact author: Barbara J. Ehren, University of Central Florida, 4000 Central Florida Boulevard, Orlando, FL 32826. E-mail: behren@mail.ucf.edu.
  • © 2009 American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
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Development / School-Based Settings / Normal Language Processing / Clinical Forum
Clinical Forum   |   April 2009
Looking Through an Adolescent Literacy Lens at the Narrow View of Reading
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, April 2009, Vol. 40, 192-195. doi:10.1044/0161-1461(2009/08-0036)
History: Received April 3, 2008 , Accepted September 11, 2008
 
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, April 2009, Vol. 40, 192-195. doi:10.1044/0161-1461(2009/08-0036)
History: Received April 3, 2008; Accepted September 11, 2008
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PurposeThis commentary is a personal reaction to A. G. Kamhi’s (2007)  article on the “narrow view” of reading and his suggestion that this view be adopted as a way to address the reading problems of children and adolescents.

MethodIn this article, I consider the narrow view of reading from an adolescent literacy perspective and discuss the practical implications of adopting this view in the schools. Discussion revolves around the complexities of reading comprehension, comprehension as a teachable set of complex processes, and the speech-language pathologist’s role in reading comprehension.

ConclusionAlthough I acknowledge that the narrow view of reading may have merit, I opine that it may create more problems than it solves.

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