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As early as the beginning of this century men such as Dearborn, Javal, and Judd were asking questions concerning the epistemology of reading. Huey described these efforts when he noted:

And so to completely analyze what we do when we read would almost be the acme of a psychologist's achievements, for it would describe very many of the most intricate workings of the human mind, as well as to unravel the tangled story of the most remarkable specific performance that civilization has learned in all its history (Huey, 1908, page 6).

Huey's challenge to reading research remains as relevant today as when he wrote it. His statement stands despite thousands of studies which have been completed on various aspects of reading using almost every conceivable avenue of investigation, whether associated with the reading process of the individual or the learning environment In which the reading instruction takes place.

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