ERIC Number: ED240523
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Nov-10
Reference Count: 0
The Russian Reading Program: A Re-examination.
Chabe, Alexander M.
An examination of the Russian reading program, this report first describes the nature of American interest in Soviet education. Sections 3, 4, and 5 then present overviews of the Soviet cultural context, the structure of the Russian language, and the organization of the Soviet school system. Section 6 discusses the course of language study from grade 1 through grade 10, and section 7 suggests that Soviet teaching methods are guided by efforts to consolidate and test knowledge and to promote practical skills and habits. In discussing the theoretical and methodological foundations of reading instruction, section 8 indicates the importance of phonetic analysis in elementary school reading and writing instruction. Section 9 advances the view that the goal of the Soviet reading program is to create talented readers, and sections 10 and 11 present Soviet instructional strategies for teaching reading and describe the bukvar, or Russian primer. Section 12 examines the literature and grammar texts in the system and section 13 attempts to evaluate the reading achievement of Soviet students. In the final 2 sections it is concluded that Soviet schools offer children quality education, and that schools in the United States cannot afford to offer their students any less. (MM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Soviet Education; USSR
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the New York State Reading Association (17th, Kiamesha Lake, NY, November 8-13, 1983).