ERIC Number: ED418386
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-May
Reference Count: N/A
North Carolina Strives for Balanced Reading Instruction.
Denton, David R.
This paper contends that the most difficult task facing state policymakers is to understand that the strong feelings on both sides of the reading debate may not be truly reflective of the choices before them--it is not a choice between teaching reading through phonics or whole language. The paper states that a good whole language program must include phonics, and that good phonics instruction, while essential, is only part of an effective reading program. The paper discusses the situation in the state of North Carolina as representative of what has been happening across the nation in reading instruction. The paper concludes that policymakers in all states should seek to walk a fine line between the more singleminded positions on either side of the reading debate to promote an approach that really is based on strong evidence of effectiveness: that means a balanced approach, and it means recognizing that "balance" will mean different things for different children and will require being able to assess accurately each child's instructional needs. (NKA)
Descriptors: Case Studies, Educational Practices, Phonics, Primary Education, Reading Instruction, Reading Programs, Student Needs, Whole Language Approach
Southern Regional Education Board, 592 Tenth Street, N.W., Atlanta, GA 30318 ($2.50 handling fee).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Southern Regional Education Board, Atlanta, GA.
Identifiers: Balanced Reading Instruction; Educational Issues; North Carolina