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ERIC Number: ED395289
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Oct-27
Pages: 7
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A Preservice Perspective on Whole Language.
Gunter, Peggy
Among the defining features of the whole language philosophy are: an emphasis on reading comprehension and extracting meaning from text; reading and writing across the curriculum; and the use of phonics instruction, subordinate to other methods (cues) of extracting meaning from text. Controversy between professional educators involved in scientific research and those with daily classroom contact involves the question of whether written language acquisition in children is a natural process encouraged through exposure to authentic activities and relevant, meaningful reading material or whether direct skills instruction in decoding the written word is necessary to learn to read and write. The core goals of the whole language movement are essential to the progress of the educational system and to the success of its students. However, the role of direct, decoding skills instruction in education must be allowed to resurface from its current subordinate position to being one of several key elements in teaching children to read. (CR)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers: Educational Issues; Reading Theories