ERIC Number: ED340007
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: N/A
Society Is Not What It Used To Be--Neither Is Reading: About Reading in an Ecological Perspective.
The aim of this monograph is to place reading in an ecological connection (i.e., systems reaching far beyond mere classroom reading) and to illustrate the relations between some of the many factors influencing today's reading material, reading education, and reading research. Reading is examined in connection with different societies, in an attempt to describe reading as the dynamic factor, indeed the most important factor, within the social development that reading, itself, also constitutes. Sections of the monograph discuss how school is changing because society is changing, and how reading materials and reading habits in the Nordic countries have changed over the last 1,000 years. Sections further discuss the dramatic changes in reading in the 20th century (noting how reading has penetrated every function and every corner of society) and the differences in children's texts from the 1920s to today, comparing their contents, concepts, language, and visual appearance, and noting that a wide range of new processes and functions are now termed "reading." The monograph's final sections demonstrate that: reading instruction has to be adapated to the conditions of the time; maintain that reading as it is now taught reflects society as it was, rather than as it is now, an information-based society; and discuss reading in the future. It is concluded that there exists not only a question of new reading possibilities arising in the society--but also of how the new reading will influence the society in which it arises and develops. Forty-seven references are listed. (RS)
Descriptors: Educational Change, Educational History, Educational Trends, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, Futures (of Society), Reading, Reading Materials, Reading Research, Reading Skills
The Danish National Institute for Educational Research, 28 Hermodsgade, DK-2200, Copenhagen N, Denmark.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Historical Materials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Danish Inst. for Educational Research, Copenhagen.
Identifiers: Denmark; Social Impact
Note: Translated from Danish by Lotte Rosback Juhl.