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ERIC Number: ED047902
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Aug
Pages: 13
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Toward a Research Definition of Reading.
Summers, Edward G.
Recent attempts at defining reading are grouped into studies which report on or speculate about some aspect of the reading process, attempt to generate broad theories or models, or attempt to develop particular models or partial models on the basis of research. Six issues and concerns are then stated which appear as recurrent needs in literature: (1) a more precise definition of reading behaviors; (2) clearer distinctions among process, language development, and pedagogical aspects of reading; (3) a more effective means of locating and structuring research; (4) more rigorously scientific conduct and evaluation of research; (5) greater interdisciplinary research efforts; and (6) better coordinated program research. One effort to meet some of these needs was the 3-year project Application of the Convergence Technique to Basic Studies of the Reading Process. The report continues by outlining the convergence technique and its use in a five-phase program. The phases consist of (1) a comprehensive review and evaluation of research; (2) evaluating, expanding, or refuting the models defined by phase 1; (3) developing an instructional system; (4) delivering the system to classrooms; and (5) implementing the system nationwide. The report concludes with an operational definition of reading behavior. A bibliography is included. (MS)
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Note: Summary of an address to the conference of the Canadian Council of Teachers of English, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Aug. 19-22, 1970