ERIC Number: ED194121
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Forum for Reading: The Journal for College Reading Improvement. Volume 12, No. 2.
Pinette, Clayton, Ed.; Smith, Kent, Ed.
Forum For Reading: The Journal for College Reading Improvement, v12 n2 Apr 1980
This issue of "Forum for Reading" contains four essays of interest to reading instructors at two-year colleges. Joan Gregg, Beth Pacheco, and Serena Nanda discuss the benefits for students of providing thematic unity in reading courses. The essay considers the selection of a theme, such as rebellion, identity, or family, that will lend itself to readings in a broad spectrum of academic disciplines and literary genres. In addition, the importance of asking the right questions to lead class discussions is emphasized. Next, Shirley A. Biggs examines the pitfalls of using grade-level reading scores, oral reading fluency, or testing techniques designed for children in the assessment of adult reading ability. Donald A. McAndrew then outlines the development of a survey instrument to be used in assessing to what extent students enjoy and value studying, are willing to study, and are confident of their study skills. The scale, which assesses students' attitudes toward taking notes, scheduling time, reading textbooks, and taking tests, is presented. Finally, Kent Smith points to the implications for two-year college educators of Paul Cooperman's book, "The Literacy Hoax," which documents the deterioration of the basic academic skills of American public school students. A joint statement by 11 educational organizations on the "Essentials of Education" is also presented. (JP)
Descriptors: Adult Students, Attitude Measures, Basic Skills, Questioning Techniques, Reading Achievement, Reading Tests, Remedial Reading, Student Attitudes, Student Motivation, Study Skills, Thematic Approach, Two Year Colleges
Developmental Studies Center, Forum for Reading, Bangor Community College, Eastport Hall, Bangor, ME 04401 (on a subscription basis)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Tests/Questionnaires; Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Literacy Hoax
Note: Journal published by the International Reading Association's Special Interest Group for Two-Year Colleges