ERIC Number: ED108119
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-May
Reference Count: 0
Practical Applications of Reading Research.
Harris, Albert J.
There are three main reasons why reading research has not had a stronger influence on what goes on in schools. The first reason is the powerful impact of social forces such as the bandwagon effect, the pendulum swing, and the prevailing climate of opinion. These factors determine to an unfortunately large degree whether or not particular research results will be accepted as guides to practice. The second reason the impact of reading research on practice is limited is that the lines of communication between researcher and practitioner are not open. The third reason the potential effect of research on practice is diminished is that much of the published research on reading is of quite limited value. This paper recommends that several research studies be done on current controversial issues, including perceptual and perceptual-motor training, teaching reading skills, and training deficient abilities. It is suggested that a major service to the improvement of reading instruction would be to make all authoritative summaries of research accessible through widely published annotated bibliographies and Federal programs such as ERIC. (TS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Reading Association (20th, New York City, May 13-16, 1975)