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‘Guiding Readers’ wins 2017 UKLA Academic Book Award

Co-authors Wayne Tennant, David Reedy, Angela Hobsbaum and Just Imagine’s Nikki Gamble received the award at a Champagne reception and Gala dinner at the stunning Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, in the West End of Glasgow on Saturday 2nd July, during the UKLA’s Annual Conference.

Panel chair, Guy Merchant wrote: “The committee was impressed by the level of scholarship and the clarity of the summary of research evidence on reading comprehension. The chapter on text selection was seen as an important and distinctive element. We felt that the book redefined ‘guiding’ in the context of reading and reading comprehension, and that this was illustrated in a thorough and detailed manner. No doubt about it, this book is a prize-winner!”

Guiding Readers Layers of Meaning is published by UCL Institute of Education Press and can be ordered online here

The UKLA (UK Literacy Association) is a registered charity, which has as its sole object the advancement of education in literacy.


Notes on the book:

Reading comprehension is so much more than just reading words, and this book explains how to develop all aspects of it for pupils aged 7–11. It includes eleven in-depth case studies – taken from real-life classrooms – of lessons on fiction and non fiction, poetry and picture books, advertising and film. Guided reading, widely used in English lessons, has never been satisfactorily examined for children in this age range. Once they have learnt how to read, pupils need support to develop strategies to extend their comprehension: What does the text say? What does it mean? What do I feel about it? We can guide readers whenever we open discussions by exploring their understanding rather than telling them. This book shows teachers how it can be done with real classroom examples. All teachers of children aged 7–11, English subject leaders, literacy coordinators, student teachers, teacher-educators, librarians, tutors and reading specialists will find this book useful..