ERIC Number: ED236579
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Mar-5
Reference Count: 0
Should Teacher Training Institutions Be Concerned about the Reading and Writing Skills of Future Teachers?
Hodges, V. Pauline; Nash, Ana Marie
A review of writing and reading competencies among college students in general and education majors in particular indicates possible directions in setting teacher education admission standards, in providing language instruction courses for student teachers, and in establishing criteria for exiting teacher education programs. As is suggested by falling college entrance examination scores, the small amount of written work demanded by most colleges, and many college students' reluctance to write, many colege students are often deficient in writing and reading skills. Recent research has shown that the majority of students seeking admission to certain teacher education programs were writing at or below the ninth grade level on the Fry Readability Scale, while education majors' reading competency scores declined from 1967 to 1977, especially among prospective elementary school teachers. Studies of practicing teachers' reading competencies have indicated mediocre to poor results in comparison to those of college freshmen. Other investigations have shown that the quantity and quality of leisure and professional material read by teachers was low. In an effort to upgrade the teacher force, competency testing for initial teacher certification has been initiated in many states. (MM)
Descriptors: College Entrance Examinations, College Students, Education Majors, Educational Research, Educational Trends, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Literature Reviews, Reading Ability, Reading Comprehension, Reading Habits, Reading Skills, Student Evaluation, Teacher Education, Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Evaluation, Teacher Improvement, Writing Evaluation, Writing Skills
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Competency Based Certification
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Washington Organization Reading Development for International Reading Association (8th, Seattle, WA, March 5, 1982). Document may not reproduce clearly.