With reports from several studies showing the benefits of teaching young children about morphemes, this book is essential reading for anyone concerned with helping children to read and write.
By breaking words down into chunks of meaning that can be analyzed as complete units rather than as strings of individual letters, children are better able to make sense of the often contradictory spelling and reading rules of English. As a result, their enjoyment of learning about words increases, and their literacy skills improve. Written by leading researchers for trainee teachers, practising teachers and interested parents, this highly accessible and innovative book provides sound, evidence-based advice and materials that can be used to help teach children about morphemes, and highlights the beneficial effects of this approach.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Number of pages: 206
Weight: 295 g
Dimensions: 216 x 140 x 12 mm
'The book is extremely well written with excellent illustrations and will be useful to a wide audience. Students of psychology and education will find a very clear exposition of morphemes and why they are important for spelling'. - British Journal of Educational Psychology
'Although primary teachers are the main target audience for this book, I think that teachers and trainers of adult literacy would also find it instructive in terms of broadening their understanding of how we learn to spell.' - Kerry Doyle, Northbrook College of Further and Higher Education
'The book is a challenge to advocates of predominantly phonetic approaches to spelling and to those who think good spelling is simply a matter of effective memorisation. Convincing research evidence is presented from a number of schools in London and Oxford suggesting that teaching morphemes will help to overcome some of the problems associated with the lack of spelling-sound correspondence in the English language.' - escalate.ac.uk
'The book presents challenging ideas and evidence pertinent to the raising of educational standards in reading, spelling, vocabulary extension and comprehension - and to the continuing professional development of teachers by acknowledging and valuing their professionalism.' - The Psychologist