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ERIC Number: ED062105
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-May
Pages: 11
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Reference Count: 0
Reading Instruction for Disadvantaged Children.
Jordan, Abbie H.
A discussion of reading instruction for disadvantaged children leads the author to explore previous definitions of "disadvantaged" and redefine the goals in teaching disadvantaged children. Individualized reading instruction is urged and two programs--one in Florence, South Carolina, and one in Gary, Indiana--are compared. The Florence program was designed to increase the students' self-confidence by providing ways for them to experience success in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. The Gary program agreed that self-confidence building was important but emphasized the cognitive more than the affective domain. The Florence program included an initial administration of reading tests to the students, a screening of teachers to find which ones wanted to teach classes of disadvantaged students, and a five day inservice workshop for teachers. The workshop outlined objectives, emphasized the importance of teaching students at their own levels, and deemphasized the importance of drill in teaching reading skills. The Gary program had only a one-half day workshop in which traditional, cognitive approaches to reading were outlined. Recommendations for reading programs for the disadvantaged are made. References are included. (AL)
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Note: Paper presented at the meeting of the International Reading Association, Detroit, Mich., May 1972