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Book cover for The Science of Reading

The second edition of The Science of Reading: A Handbook has been extensively revised to reflect contemporary theoretical insights and methodological advances. It is now available online with print and e-versions coming soon. 

The Science of Reading: A Handbook, Second Edition is a comprehensive review of the theoretical approaches, stage models of reading, cross-linguistic studies of reading, reading instruction, the neurobiology of reading, and more. Edited by Maggie Snowling, Charles Hulme and Kate Nation, it presents the most recent advances in the study of reading and related skills and is an invaluable resource for advanced students, researchers, and specialist educators looking for an up-to-date overview of the field.

Divided into six parts, the book explores word recognition processes in skilled reading, learning to read and spell, reading comprehension and its development, reading and writing in different languages, developmental and acquired reading disorders, and the social, biological, and environmental factors of literacy. 

Two entirely new chapters on co-occurrence and complexity have been added to this second edition and are accompanied by reviews of recent findings and discussion of future trends and research directions. Updated chapters cover the development of reading and language in preschools, the social correlates of reading, experimental research on sentence processing, learning to read in alphabetic orthographies, comorbidities that occur frequently with dyslexia, and other central topics that:

  • demonstrate how different knowledge sources underpin reading processes using a wide range of methodologies;
  • present critical appraisals of theoretical and computational models of word recognition and evidence-based research on reading intervention;
  • review evidence on skilled visual word recognition, the role of phonology, methods for identifying dyslexia, and the molecular genetics of reading and language;
  • highlight the importance of language as a foundation for literacy and as a risk factor for developmental dyslexia and other reading disorders;
  • discuss learning to read in different types of writing systems, with a language impairment, and in variations of the home literacy environment; and
  • describe the role of contemporary analytical tools such as dominance analysis and quantile regression in modelling the development of reading and comprehension.


The Science of Reading: A Handbook, Second Edition
Editor(s): Margaret J. Snowling, Charles Hulme, Kate Nation
First published: 25 May 2022
Print ISBN:9781119705093 | Online ISBN:9781119705116 | DOI:10.1002/9781119705116
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