The 25th anniversary edition of “Understanding Reading Problems: Assessment and Instruction” by Professor of Education Charles Temple, Jean Gillet and Alan Crawford was recently published by Pearson/Allyn and Bacon Publishers.
This newest edition includes a completely revised chapter on teaching reading and writing with English-language learners, including updates on the legal and statutory requirements, demographics and implications of “No Child Left Behind” for English learners; new and expanded coverage of special needs students, special issues sections in several chapters covering topics including setting up and managing tutoring programs, working with families, and using electronic media; and new coverage of adolescents with reading problems.
The first edition of this text was published in 1982, Temple's first year teaching in the Colleges' Education Department. He holds a bachelor's degree from the University of North Carolina and his master's and doctorate from the University of Virginia.
Temple is also one of the directors of the Reading and Writing for Critical Thinking Project, and travels around the globe helping teachers learn the skills necessary to teach their students to be critical thinkers. The project, an initiative of the Open Society Institute, promotes classroom teaching practices that help students learn actively, think critically, and work cooperatively.
In 2005, he received a Fulbright Scholar Award that helped fund his sabbatical in Romania, where he helped two universities in Cluj (the nation's third-largest city) improve teaching and change curriculum.
He has also worked with teachers and psychologists from Romania, Bulgaria, Moldova, Slovakia and Slovenia to develop teaching approaches to help Roma children learn to read better and stay in school longer.