ERIC Number: ED194879
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: 0
Humanism and the Basics.
Cowen, John E., Ed.
The Reading Instruction Journal, v23 n3 Spr-Sum 1980
This journal issue addresses itself to the humanism versus back to basics controversy in education by focusing on its relationship to reading skills. The eight articles explore the following issues: (1) the importance of reading skills as a foundation for any type of curriculum; (2) the necessity of some balance between teaching basic skills and the humanistic application of those skills; (3) the inhibiting effect of prescribed reading programs on children's creativity and spontaneous desire to learn; (4) approaches to teaching comprehension of literature beyond the usual decoding skills; (5) the significance of the reader's subjectivity in responding to teaching methods; (6) the actual extent to which the population of the United States is illiterate; (7) the role of "reality therapy" with students for whom basic skills approaches are not suited; and (8) the intrinsic polarity between humanism and competency in educational strategies. (HTH)
Descriptors: Basic Skills, Elementary Secondary Education, Humanism, Humanistic Education, Individualized Instruction, Literature Appreciation, Minimum Competencies, Reading Instruction, Reading Processes, Teaching Methods
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