ERIC Number: ED162251
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Reading and Academic Content: Toward a Theory of Integration.
Carney, John J.
Instead of being considered a curricular entity, reading should be treated as an essential part of the total learning structure through the integration of reading behaviors and academic content. The assumptions underlying the use of the skill-centered reading curriculum to meet the goal of content acquisition-that reading skills will transfer to content reading, that reading is a uniform act undifferentiated by specific task demands, and that basal reading materials stimulate the type of reading required for academic content-do not hold up under analysis. A more effective instructional approach, based upon the integration of reading and academic content, requires the determination of reading behaviors needed for reading specific content, followed by the teaching of those behaviors. Examples may be considered that show how this approach can be used in helping students develop vocabulary skills, comprehension strategies such as the drawing of inferences, and understandings of organizational patterns. Two devices that show promise for enhancing the learning of content are the structured overview and the embedded organizer. The use of an integrated reading/content approach should result in the increased acquisition of content on the part of the learner. (GW)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Reading Association of Ireland (2nd, Dublin, Ireland, October 6-8, 1977)