1600 Campus Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90041, USA
Occidental College where Diane McGuinness received a Bachelor of Arts degree.
Senate House, Malet St, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 7HU, UK
The University of London where Diane McGuinness received a Doctor of Philosophy degree.
Malet St, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 7HX, UK
Birkbeck College where Diane McGuinness received a Bachelor of Science degree.
(A neuropsychologist shows how outmoded methods for teachi...)
A neuropsychologist shows how outmoded methods for teaching reading have resulted in plummeting literacy levels and offers a new program.
(Explores the various ways in which children learn languag...)
Explores the various ways in which children learn language and traces the language growth in children from infants to preschoolers, documenting milestones in vocabulary development, listening and communication skills, and reading ability and explaining how parents can maximize a child's abilities and become a positive force in nurturing a child's language.
(Early Reading Instruction is a comprehensive analysis of ...)
Early Reading Instruction is a comprehensive analysis of the research evidence from early writing systems to computer models of reading. In this book, Diane McGuinness provides an innovative solution to the "reading war" – the century-old debate over the efficacy of phonics (sound-based) versus whole-word (meaning- based) methods. She has developed a prototype – a set of elements that are critical to the success of a reading method.
(In Language Development and Learning to Read, Diane McGui...)
In Language Development and Learning to Read, Diane McGuinness examines scientific research that might explain these disparities. She focuses on reading predictors, analyzing the effect individual differences in specific perceptual, linguistic, and cognitive skills may have on a child's ability to read.
(Sound Steps to Reading is based on the author’s analysis ...)
Sound Steps to Reading is based on the author’s analysis of the English writing system, one of the most complex writing systems in the world. Mastering this complexity is solved by careful sequencing of the lessons so the child is never confronted with something he cannot do. Every lesson is scripted and no training is necessary to use this program.
Diane McGuinness studied at Occidental College where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1954. She also attended Birkbeck College and received a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology, in 1971. In 1974, she received a Doctor of Philosophy degree.
Diane McGuinness started her career as a secondary school music teacher in Northumberland, United Kingdom, in 1967. She held this post until 1969 and in 1973 she took up a post of a senior lecturer of psychology at the University of Hertfordshire. In 1976, McGuinness became a research associate at Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute. One year later she started to work as a lecturer at the University of California Santa Cruz. She held this post until 1981.
At the same time, she worked as a research associate at Stanford University. She also worked as the vice president of the educational division at Treemark Inc. in San Jose, California, from 1983 to 1985. In 1985, McGuinness became an assistant professor of psychology at the University of South Florida. In 1987 she was promoted to an associate professor. Now she is holding the title of Emeritus Professor of Psychology at the University of South Florida.
Diane McGuinness wrote her first book When Children Don't Learn, in 1985. Her next book, Why Our Children Can’t Read and What We Can Do About It, was published in 1997. She also wrote such books as Growing a Reader from Birth, Early Reading Instruction, and Language Development and Learning to Read. She was actively engaged in the ORR Reading Centre in Oxford and the development of the Sound Reading System. All these books were devoted to the teaching of reading and such reading disorders as Dyslexia.
(Explores the various ways in which children learn languag...)2004
(Sound Steps to Reading is based on the author’s analysis ...)2008
(A neuropsychologist shows how outmoded methods for teachi...)1997
(Early Reading Instruction is a comprehensive analysis of ...)2004
(In Language Development and Learning to Read, Diane McGui...)2005
(The Sound Steps to Reading Storybook contains 36 sound-ta...)2008
Diane McGuinness criticized how language and phonics were traditionally taught in the United States. She stands for such reading instruction as synthetic phonics or linguistic phonics, in which the starting point for instruction is the 40-odd phonemes of English.
McGuinness argues that dyslexia is not a biological condition but a socially created problem that results from a complex spelling code and ineffective teaching methods. Besides, she has argued against teaching the letter names in the early phases of instruction on the grounds that letter names can confuse students. McGuinness claims that students should be taught the relationships between sounds and letters.
Diane McGuinness is a member of the American Psychology Association and the British Psychology Society.
Diane McGuinness married Godfrey McGuinness on January 20, 1957. The marriage produced two children. Later Diane and Godfrey divorced.