By Bill Buford
A journalist who spent six years traveling with and accumulating info on Britain's infamous football hooligans chronicles his remarkable reviews with those harmful, violent, and fiercely unswerving fanatics.
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In a 1985 article entitled "Understanding Reading Dis ability: A Case Study Approach," Peter Johnston discusses adults' reading problems as being exacerbated by their early learning of an "inappropriate concept regarding reading or by an appropriate con cept not being learned" (his emphasis, 158). Intense anxiety on the part of poor readers contributes to their avoidance of reading and to a resulting lack of practice. Johnston also points to studies which show that when students are told they are learning disabled, or neurologically different, they might conclude that nothing can be done, and thus they stop trying to read and write (170-71).
Through. where, when, etc. Although this kind of empirical research has meth odological factors which may not be transferable to real life (see discussion below), results regarding the recollection of concrete and abstract words have been somewhat replicable. Other researchers have raised the possibility of short-term, linguistics-related memory problems (Rubin and Liberman 1983, 118; Farnham-Diggory 1978. 108; Rawson 1988. 66; and Blalock 1982. 607). Katrina De Hirsch (1984) points out that while dyslexic chil dren have no problem remembering sounds in nature.
Among The Thugs by Bill Buford