Cognitive Clarity and Reading Disabilities

  • John Downing


One of the most striking developments in the past decade has been the parallel but independent thinking of two groups of psychologists interested in skill acquisition. On the one hand, psychologists interested in skills related to physical education have come to recognize that these so-called “psycho-motor” skills are no less intelligent than those conventionally labelled “verbal” skills. On the other hand, psychologists interested in reading behavior have realized the implications of categorizing reading as a skill, and recognizing its essential similarity to other skills which were thought of separately as “psycho-motor” skills. Both groups of psychologists have arrived independently at the conclusion that all skills have an essential common basis and that in this the cognitive aspect is of primary importance.


Skill Acquisition Read Disability Learn Disability Reading Instruction Reading Acquisition 
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  • John Downing
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  1. 1.Faculty of EducationUniversity of VictoriaCanada

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