Reading Fluency

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Call for Papers
January 15, 2020
Subject Fields: 
Childhood and Education, Educational Technology, Teaching and Learning, Social Sciences

Dear Colleagues,

William Rupley, David Paige, Chase Young and I are guest-editing a Special Issue of Education Sciences that will focus on reading fluency and reading fluency instruction. We are looking for both empirical research and conceptual pieces that advance our thinking in how fluent reading develops in children and how we might best nurture students’ fluency development through instruction.

Fluency has been a controversial topic for years. Allington described it as a neglected goal of the reading curriculum in 1985. The National Reading Panel (2000) provided empirical evidence of its importance in reading development. Measurement approaches to fluency have given rise to fluency as nothing more than fast reading, and recent surveys of experts in the field have consistently identified reading as a “not hot” issue and one that does not deserve to be hot. Based on our own research and interest in fluency, as well as work by other scholars, we are convinced that fluency is a critical competency for readers to gain full reading proficiency. Given your own interest and expertise in this area we are delighted to invite you to submit an article for this issue. We define the theme for this issue, Reading Fluency, in rather broad terms. It can encompass conceptualizing reading fluency, fluency development at various ages, assessing and measuring fluency, and effective fluency instruction.

Articles should be in the range of 20–30 pages including references (double-spaced) with a due date of January 15, 2020 for publication in spring or summer 2020. You may include co-authors if you wish. If you think you are interested and able to contribute to this issue of Education Sciences, please respond back to us within two weeks and also include a brief description and title of your article.

Thank you for your consideration of this invitation. Best wishes and looking forward to hearing from you shortly,

Prof. Dr. Timothy Rasinski
Prof. Dr. William Rupley
Prof. Dr. David Paige
Prof. Dr. Chase Young
Guest Editors

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