The age-old Whole Word vs. Phonics debate raises some very important questions.

Because I received so many good questions and comments about my initial Reading Wars video, I wanted to post a quick follow-up to address some of the more common threads.

In this installment of ‘From Theory To Practice’, I tackle the following questions:

— Do people ever read in whole words?
— From where did the whole word reading theory originate from?
— Where does reading comprehension fit into this discussion?
— What about logographic scripts (like Mandarin Chinese) – do they follow the same rules as alphabetic scripts?

Give it a watch, and let me know what you think in the comments.

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Dr. Jared Cooney Horvath is an award-winning cognitive neuroscientist, best-selling author and renowned keynote speaker with an expertise in human learning, memory, and brain stimulation.

Dr. Horvath has published 4 books, over 30 research articles, and currently serves as an honorary researcher at the University of Melbourne and St. Vincent’s Hospital in Melbourne.

His research has been featured in popular publications including The New York Times, WIRED, BBC, The Economist, PBS’s Nova and ABC’s Catalyst.


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