9 episodes

Host Meg Mechelke explores the history of the science of reading and literacy instruction in the United States.

A Novel Idea: The History of the Science of Reading Iowa Reading Research Center

    • Education
    • 4.9 • 41 Ratings

Host Meg Mechelke explores the history of the science of reading and literacy instruction in the United States.

    1: The Science of Reading: Where Are We Now?

    1: The Science of Reading: Where Are We Now?

    What is the science of reading? And why is everyone in the literacy community talking about it?In this episode, we explore the current state of the science of reading movement. Along with our original reporting, you’ll hear from: Melissa McGuire, Tara Rabenberg, and Kimberley Moser of Iowa’s Spencer Community School DistrictMelissa Loftus and Lori Sappington of Melissa and Lori Love Literacy (Twitter: @literacypodcast)Dr. Kymyona Burk of the Foundation for Excellence in Education (Twitte...

    • 36 min
    2: Noah Webster Loves Phonics

    2: Noah Webster Loves Phonics

    Hear ye, hear ye! In this episode, we travel all the way back to the 17th and 18th centuries to examine the Enlightenment-era roots of reading instruction as we know it. We will introduce several major players in the early days of literacy education, and examine the ways in which their actions have influenced today’s conversations surrounding literacy. Plus, hear from Natalie Wexler (Twitter: @natwexler), author of The Knowledge Gap, and Kate Will of the Iowa Reading Research Center.Learn Mor...

    • 39 min
    3: The Rise of Picture Books

    3: The Rise of Picture Books

    “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go!” In this episode, find out how children’s picture books became a major battleground for debates about literacy instruction. Plus, hear insights from author Natalie Wexler (Twitter: @natwexler) and Dr. Fumiko Hoeft (Twitter: @FumikoHoeft), director of the University of Connecticut Brain Imaging Research Center.Episode transcript and sourceshttps://irrc.education.uiowa.edu/transcript-and-...

    • 31 min
    4: Phonics Fights Back

    4: Phonics Fights Back

    In this episode, we take a deep dive into the work of several influential researchers in the early days of the science of reading. These pioneers of literacy research paved the way for the development of evidence-based instruction of today and played major roles in advocating for effective, equitable literacy instruction for all students. Plus, hear from:Natalie Wexler (Twitter: @natwexler), author, The Knowledge GapDr. Fumiko Hoeft (Twitter: @FumikoHoeft), director, University of Connecticut...

    • 39 min
    5: What's the Deal With Whole Language?

    5: What's the Deal With Whole Language?

    Whole language is one of the most talked about developments in literacy instruction in the past several decades. In this episode of A Novel Idea, we take a look at the history and founders of this popular teaching philosophy and examine its effects on contemporary instruction. Featuring insight from:Dr. G. Reid Lyon, former director, NICHDNatalie Wexler (Twitter: @natwexler), author, The Knowledge GapKate Will, program coordinator, Iowa Reading Research CenterMelissa Loftus and Lori Sappingto...

    • 47 min
    6: The Reading Wars

    6: The Reading Wars

    In the 1990s, debates over literacy instruction reached a tipping point in the nation’s most populous state. Learn more about the reading crisis in California and the start of the so-called “Reading Wars” in this episode of A Novel Idea. Plus, hear from:Dr. G. Reid Lyon, former director, NICHDDr. Maryanne Wolf, author, Proust and the Squid: The Story and Science of the Reading Brain and Dyslexia, Fluency, and the BrainDr. Timothy Shanahan (Twitter: @ReadingShanahan), distinguished professor e...

    • 31 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
41 Ratings

41 Ratings

AmyLov ,

So interesting…and infuriating!

As a former elementary teacher with a reading endorsement and mother to a bright daughter with dyslexia, I’m a big fan of this podcast. In trying to help my daughter learn to read, I’ve felt completely robbed by the time and money I spent on my education. I’m ashamed that I was allowed to work as a reading teacher with the laughable education I received in the early 2000s on how to teach reading. I’ve learned more about teaching and learning to read through the relatively inexpensive Orten-Gillingham based curriculum I’ve been using to teach all my kids to read.

Anyone who cares about children or adults who thought of themselves as “slow” or “not smart” as a kid should listen to this podcast.

pecht1 ,

A must listen podcast series for all educators, families, and policy makers

Thank you, Meg and Iowa Reading Research Center for this incredibly well-researched, timely, and entertaining podcast series. This information will help to change children’s lives because all children have the right to read and write.

As an Orton-Gillingham Fellow, I teach graduate courses for teachers based in the SoR. I am sharing this series with everyone in my courses and everyone I know. Thank you! Thank you!

NatPete23 ,

Great podcast for teachers

This podcast is a gem! Especially the last episode which explains how teachers can evaluate and select curriculums and how teachers can interpret and understand scientific research.

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