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ERIC Number: ED051965
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Apr-21
Pages: 9
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The Remedial [Reading] Teacher: Special Training and Professional Responsibilities.
McMenemy, Richard A.
Special training and professional responsibilities for reading specialists should be priority concerns of those interested in reading. There are three basic shortcomings in professional preparation today: (1) leaders and experts are inadequate; (2) course work for certification is not the crucial key to good reading teachers; and (3) too much blind devotion is placed in each approach to reading, and each of these methods has its shortcomings. The decoding approaches neglect important aspects of beginning reading instruction, such as readiness and listening experiences; the eclectic approach fails because teachers themselves are not eclectic; the language-experience approach demands creative, imaginative teachers, which 90 percent of the teachers are not; finally, the esoteric methods often fail because they are used with insufficient diagnosis and without strict adherence to the manual. To overcome these failures in reading instruction, more attention must be given to readiness of individual students. Reading instruction could also benefit by looking at "nonprofessional" reading methods that have proven successful. In addition, both reading methods instructors and reading teachers should understand and practice the basic rules for success in reading. Finally, reading teachers must teach aggressively, think positively, and work at the task of teaching. (VJ)
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Note: Paper presented at the meeting of the International Reading Association, Atlantic City, N.J., Apr. 19-23, 1971