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date: 03 August 2020

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This chapter serves as an introduction and outline for the remainder of the handbook. After first considering the importance of writing and reading in society, an overview of the history of reading research is provided. The chapter discusses the impact of the cognitive revolution, which began in the 1950s, on both basic reading research and research on the teaching of reading. The conclusion of the chapter summarizes the five sections of the handbook: the Introduction, Word Identification, Reading Sentences and Texts, Reading and Spelling Development, and Reading Instruction. Previews are provided of the chapters in each of the sections and the general themes and issues in the chapter are discussed.

Keywords: reading, writing, reading instruction, cognitive revolution, behaviorism, eye movements, response times, linguistics, cognitive neuroscience, dyslexia

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