In her contribution to this column, Professor Chall gives an overview of her recent book, and she makes some interesting observations about the question of hemisphericity. While she does not deny the possibility that research focusing on the functions of the right hemisphere of the brain may have long term significance for reading instruction, she does indicate that at the present time "it would seem that no simple inferences for what and how schools should teach the various curricular areas can be drawn" from such research. Professor Chall stresses the importance of "environmental stimulation and experience" as fundamental determiners of the brain's development.
Shuman, R. B., & Chall, J. (1978). Professional Concerns: Reading Instruction and Brain Research. Reading Horizons, 19 (1). Retrieved from http://scholarworks.wmich.edu/reading_horizons/vol19/iss1/14