KEN GOODMANProfessor Emeritus, University of Arizona, global intellectual and one of the most cited researchers in reading research worldwide.
Ken Goodman, author of What’s Whole In Whole Language In The 21st Century? and The Smart One: A Grandfather’s Tale is a global intellectual and one of the most cited researchers in reading research worldwide. Since his retirement in 1998 he has continued to advocate for freedom to learn, freedom to teach, and democratic freedoms for all people.
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Ken Goodman, Professor Emeritus, University of Arizona, is a global intellectual and one of the most cited researchers in reading research worldwide. He has received numerous international awards for his research. Since his retirement in 1998 he has continued to advocate for freedom to learn, freedom to teach, and democratic freedoms for all people.
Today, many researchers in the reading field regard Ken Goodman to be the pre-eminent reading scholar of the 20th Century. He is the recipient of many prestigious awards including:
- William S Gray Award, Citation of Merit LRA (nee IRA)
- The David H Russell Award for Outstanding Research in English NCTE
- The Oscar Causey Award for Distinguished Research, LRC Distinguished Researcher Award, NCRLL
- The James Squire Award for Outstanding Contributions to Field English NCTE
Close to a thousand miscue analysis research studies have been conducted in multiple languages and in multiple sign-systems that support the findings of Ken Goodman’s research on the reading process and how young children learn to read and write.
What’s Whole in Whole Language in the 21st Century? includes a new introduction by Ken Goodman, commentary by Michael Rosen, and excerpts from a series of never published interviews conducted in 1992-1993 by Denny Taylor of renowned reading scholars who knew Ken and Yetta Goodman, and who spoke freely about their lives together as well as their research and teaching. The original version of Goodman’s best-selling book sold two hundred and fifty thousand copies, became a worldwide phenomenon, and was translated into French, Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese and Chinese. It became the handbook for the revolution for equality and justice for all children that occurred in classrooms around the world. Teachers were inspired to put aside commercial materials that were based on very limited understandings of reading and writing, and instead placed children and their very natural curiosity about language and learning at the center of classroom activity. Learn more and Purchase.
The future is often foretold in stories of the past. As families flee the Debaltseve in Eastern Ukraine in 2015, Ken Goodman’s The Smart One: A Grandfather’s Tale takes us back to families fleeing persecution in Eastern Europe at the turn of the Twentieth Century. It is a compelling story of Jewish migration to America, which begins in Smorgon, now in Belarus, a former Soviet Republic, but at the time Smorgon was in Vilnius, a district of Lithuania, and a part of the Russian Empire. The book is beautifully illustrated throughout with fine line drawings by Ray Martens. The Smart One: A Grandfather’s Tale begins in 1901 and ends in 1906 and is told to us by little Duvid Mendel Gutman, who was Ken Goodman’s father. The story is filled with conflict over the political changes taking place, as well as the love and generosity of the people Duvid encounters, including the gypsies and Jews who live in the woods with their dancing bears to protect them.