ERIC Number: ED340013
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Jan-15
Reference Count: N/A
The Application of the Whole Language Approach to Reading Instruction to Children in Kindergarten.
The whole language approach to reading instruction has been gaining the support of many educators and teachers, and the aim of this thesis is to show how this movement has gained its momentum. The first chapter of the thesis deals with the history of the whole language movement and provides an overview of the research literature that supports the concepts inherent in whole language approaches. In the review of the literature, the thesis examines in depth Piaget's cognitive developmental theories and Goodman and Smith's psycholinguistic view of reading. The second chapter of the thesis discusses the application of the research in practice as it applies to children in kindergarten. The thesis explains in detail additional methods specifically applying to whole language, such as Don Holdaway's shared-book experience. The third chapter examines the needs in the field and where the field is heading in the future. The thesis discusses the need for additional research, along with the needs for teacher education and new testing methods, concluding with a discussion of how kindergarten teachers feel about the whole language approach in their classrooms. (Ten annotated references and a list of 131 references without annotations are attached.) (RS)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Research Suggestions
Note: M.S. Thesis, Long Island University.