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ERIC Number: ED065843
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Mar-23
Pages: 15
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College Reading: Where It Is.
Kerstiens, Gene
A look at college reading/study skills programs reveals the haphazard preparation of practitioners trained in child-oriented theory from which they are supposed to extrapolate methods applicable to adult populations. And since reading is often under the auspices of the English department, teachers are inclined to be trained primarily in literature. Paraprofessionals offer a partial answer to inappropriate reading teacher preparation; even without certification, they may possess the qualifications necessary to teach basic communication skills to students--and at a reduced cost. Various successful state and federally funded disadvantaged and compensatory programs dealing with reading have, also, lent credibility to proposed open-door policies. Many of the tests used in reading programs are normed on general college populations and fail to diagnose problems which can be treated effectively. Instead they corroborate what most practitioners already suspect--severe learning disabilities. Available materials are often blamed for ineffective programs when, in fact, practitioners sustain materials based upon habit, whim, or pedagogical predisposition. Further observations reveal inadequate facilities which limit learning alternatives and affect the behavior of the practitioner. (A reference list is included.) (HS)
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Note: Speech given at the Annual Conference of the Western College Reading Assn. (5th, Reno, March 23, 1972)