Stanislas Dehaene

Learning to Read A New Approach Based on the Neurosciences Publication date : October 20, 2011

Stanislas Dehaene is notably the author of Les Neurones de la lecture. He is a professor at the Collège de France in the Chair of Experimental Cognitive Psychology.
Other contributors to this book: G. Dehaene-Lambertz. G. Gentaz, C. Huron and L. Spengler-Charolles.

What happens when we read? Experimental psychology and brain imaging have helped us understand how the human brain recognises writing and how the brain itself is modified as it learns to read. There is now a science of reading, but one that remains largely ignored by those who should be most concerned by it: the parents and teachers of primary school children.
The goal of this book is to show how schools can apply the scientific knowledge acquired by the neuroscience of reading. Teachers should become the primary experts on children’s brains, and parents, on discovering how their children’s minds are developing, will be encouraged to follow their children’s progress and to play games with them to enhance their reading skills, thus reinforcing at home the work begun in the schoolroom.

• A short, inexpensive and accessible book to guide teachers and parents in the introduction of reading skills: in what order should new notions be introduced? How to choose the right exercises? How to optimise the child’s interest, attention and pleasure?
• The latest scientific research applied to the acquisition of reading skills. This is a method that every school should adopt.