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So what is the Science of Reading?

Many may see this term commonly used term in reading circles as pompous, highbrow, and possibly pretentious. The reality is quite different as Louise Moats describes what is and is not meant by the 'science of reading':


The body of work referred to as the ‘science of reading” is not an ideology, a philosophy, a political agenda, a one-size-fits-all approach, a program of instruction, nor a specific

component of instruction.

It is the emerging consensus from many related disciplines, based on literally thousands of studies, supported by hundreds of millions of research dollars, conducted across the world in many languages. These studies have revealed a great deal about how we learn to read, what goes wrong when students don’t learn, and what kind of instruction is most likely to work the best for the most students. (Moats 2019)

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