2022 PaTTAN Literacy Symposium

41. Beyond the Simple View: Exploring Implications for Instruction

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Session Dates

Wednesday June 15, 2022 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM - Webinar

The simple view of reading is now well known to many practitioners interested in understanding the science of reading. In the model, word recognition (decoding in the first version) means linking letters and sounds to read words. That is true—but incomplete. Quick, accurate pronunciation of words also depends on knowing word meanings. How can this be? The first goal of this presentation is to explain how word meaning fits into the triangle (connectionist) model of reading (Seidenberg & McClelland, 1989) and relates to the principle of self-teaching (Share, 1995). The second goal is to explain how strong link between word meaning and word reading does not support the “psycholinguistic guessing game” in whole language (Goodman, 1967): It adds to the data that it is entirely wrong. The third goal is to describe the implications of these data for instruction. (k-4)

Target Audience

Elementary Educators, Secondary Educators, Special Education Teachers, Speech Language Practitioners, School Leaders/Administrators, Reading Specialists, Teachers of English Language Learners, Literacy Coaches, Instructional Support Team Members, School Psychologists, Pre-Service Teachers, Higher Education Instructors, Paraprofessionals, and Families

Topics Covered: Literacy

Reasonable efforts will be made to accommodate individuals who have special needs as addressed by the Americans with Disabilities Act and who need assistance at this event. Contact: Kelly Kapp, at 717-901-2271, or kkapp@pattan.net.

Event Info

Event Type:



Dr Devin M. Kearns

Event Contact:


Kelly Kapp

Content Contact:

Pam Kastner

Additional Info

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