Henrietta Dombey and Poor Science

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JIMCURRAN

Henrietta Dombey and Poor Science

Post by JIMCURRAN » Fri Jul 22, 2005 9:16 am

In chapter 1 of “Progress In Understanding Reading” Keith Stanovich describes his excitement as a young scientist on reading Frank Smith’s “Understanding Reading”(1971 ).
One of the central claims that Smith made was that good readers made use of contextual information and that less skilled readers lacked this ability. Intuitively this made a great deal of sense to the young Stanovich , so along with a colleague Richard West he decided to test this hypothesis.
“To our surprise ,all of our research results pointed in the opposite direction: it was the poorer readers, not the more skilled readers , who were more reliant on context to facilitate word recognition. …………..We did start out with a theoretical basis , one consistent with the top down view . But in real science one is eventually influenced by the evidence ,regardless of one’s initial bias, and the consistency of our findings finally led us away from the top-down view”. ( Progress In Understanding Reading page 6 ).
It’s obvious that Henrietta Dombey unlike Keith Stanovich is not influenced by the scientific evidence but continues to support her initial bias despite all the evidence to the contrary.

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