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ERIC Number: ED031382
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Mar
Pages: 19
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Pitfalls and their Avoidance in Teaching Phonics.
Newman, Harold
A discussion of several shortcomings of phonics instruction is aimed at aiding teachers in avoiding such pitfalls as (1) following just one method of phonics instruction whether or not it is helpful to children, (2) treating all children alike and teaching them all the same phonetic elements at the same time, (3) continuing an approach regardless of its effectiveness with some or all children in a class, (4) treating phonics and phonetics as if they were the same, and (5) adhering to pronouncements by experts without scrutiny of their value in immediate circumstances. Examples of these pitfalls are given, along with suggestions for avoiding them. The conclusion is reached that an eclectic approach to phonics should be taken by teachers in order to provide individual children with the particular help they need in whatever way they can best learn. (MD)
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Note: Paper presented at the College Reading Association conference, Boston, Mass., Mar. 13-15, 1969.