ERIC Number: ED159626
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: 0
There Was a Door to Which I Found No Key.
Berg, Paul C.
Teachers have tried many "keys," some misused or ineffective, and should continue to search for effective keys to open the doors of reading for their students. Results of recent student testing programs indicate that student knowledge is on the decline, suggesting in turn that reading is a declining art. Television may be a major culprit; recent studies show that watching television may reduce the natural cognitive processes to the level of dream imagery and fantasy. Among teacher-used keys that may discourage students from reading are visual aids similar in format to television, prepackaged materials that are irrelevant to individuals' needs, programmed materials used to the exclusion of interesting reading materials, and language tapes that may cause listening confusion. Teachers should use more student/teacher-created materials, developed after assessment of students' needs. In selecting keys that unlock learning, teachers should be sure that such keys are student-centered, allow for skill practice in a meaningful context, and provide for student interests. Teachers should learn their students' needs, guide them in the use of study methods, and motivate them to read. Primarily, they should build a program based on guided free reading and should stimulate creative responses to reading. (GW)
Descriptors: Audiovisual Aids, Cognitive Processes, Diagnostic Teaching, Educational Problems, Elementary Secondary Education, Individualized Reading, Instructional Materials, Reading Difficulty, Reading Habits, Reading Instruction, Student Centered Curriculum, Student Needs, Teaching Methods, Television Research
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Reading Association Plains Regional Conference (6th, Kansas City, Missouri, March 30-April 1, 1978)