ERIC Number: ED215300
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Ruth Strang's Diagnostic Legacy.
Rogers, C. D.
To her students at the University of Arizona, Ruth Strang emphasized the theme "look beyond." By that she meant to look beyond the mediocrity and routine that stiffles lives and be a creative reading teacher and diagnostician. Reading teachers, she maintained, should understand that reading comprehension requires the ability to read the lines and repeat what the author says, the ability to read between the lines to interpret and appraise what the author says, and the ability to read beyond the lines to reflect on what the author says. Strang also suggested that teachers take a broad view of diagnosis and recognize the complexity of the reading process. She argued that reading teachers should learn to apply theory--to use the text for the good of the person and not for the test--and to look beyond the stanine, the percentile, and the grade level of a standardized test to analyze responses. They should understand the abuses and misuses of standardized tests. Ruth Strang asked her students to determine what kind of comprehension they were measuring, to determine the relationship of standardized reading scores to the student's instructional needs, and to determine what results of the test could be repeated. She asked her students to look beyond as a challenge to humanity, as a challenge to be. (HOD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Strang (Ruth)
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the California Reading Association (15th, Anaheim, CA, November 5-7, 1981).