ERIC Number: ED095191
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974
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Needs of Reading Teachers in a Tri-Ethnic District.
Sherwood, Charles F.
As a means of improving the reading program at Barry College, Miami Shores, the writer investigated the perceptions of experienced teachers in Dade County, a heterogeneous community whose schools provide a microcosm of national educational needs. The project was intended to determine whether teachers in public schools were aware of specific, differentiated needs in relation to the ethnic or racial background of their pupils. Schools were divided into three types: black, white, or Cuban. A questionnaire was administered to 131 teachers in schools in which 75 percent of the pupils in each school could be identified as belonging to the racial or ethnic group which their school represented. An analysis of the responses showed that the teachers were almost unanimous in their selection of five basic needs for reading instruction: (a) an understanding of children's individual differences, both intellectual and emotional; (b) development of the ability to use classroom assessment techniques to determine children's readiness, instructional, and independent levels in relation to reading; (c) ability to diagnose children's needs in the basic skills areas; (d) knowledge of variety of techniques for teaching sight vocabulary as well as decoding skills; and (e) development of ability to plan and implement a reading program to meet pupils' individual needs. (Tables are included in the text.) (JA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: Florida