Volume 7   Number 1     Springs 2013

Illiteracy: Can Dialogical Self Theory Explain and Help? (Comment on Coombs)

Tom Luken
Luken Loopbaan Consult, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
pp. 37-42

ABSTRACT. Coombs uses Dialogical Self Theory and processes of identity formation to clarify the origination and resolution of reading problems. But other factors may have played a key role: flaws in technical reading lessons and neurobiological maturation. Coombs illustrates the long-lasting impact of labels, that people attach to themselves and to others. A question arises: how can we foster self-knowledge in young people without running the risks of labeling?


KEYWORDS: Dialogical Self, reading problems, labeling