ERIC Number: ED216329
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Teaching the Adult Beginning Reader: Designing Research Based Reading Instructional Strategies.
Boraks, Nancy; Richardson, Judy
Acknowledging that while it is difficult to suggest specific instructional strategies for accommodating differing adult beginning readers' (ABR) psychosocial behavior, this paper offers appropriate instructional principles based on the educational and social needs of the ABR. The principles presented are as follows: (1) teachers should help adults manage their time for maximum reading practice with minimal lesson time; (2) initial reading instruction may be best presented with materials in which adults have expressed a utilitarian interest; (3) adults must interact with the greater social/cultural environment to encourage more generalization in dealing with print; (4) adults should be encouraged to identify and organize their own approach to word recognition; (5) students will comprehend better when they can focus on the organization of the materials; (6) instruction should not stress the abstract (letter/sound) aspect of the reading process; (7) features or word cues most likely to be present when recall is required should be stressed when new materials are introduced; and (8) adults may learn more quickly using materials representing a relatively concrete level of experience. Each of the eight principles presented includes background research information and instructional implications or activities. (HTH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the College Reading Association (Louisville, KY, October 29-31, 1981).