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ERIC Number: ED126479
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
Pages: 259
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The Struggle for Reading as Seen in American Magazines (1741-1840).
Delonas, John William
A survey of articles on the subject of reading, which appeared in popular magazines published from 1741 to 1840, was conducted in an attempt to provide historical insight into recent innovations and criticisms of reading instruction provided by lay magazines. Descriptive analysis of every article appearing on the subject during this time period revealed that religion was the motivating force for teaching reading during the colonial era (1741-1775). The mother was considered the best teacher for the child from birth to age five, and the Bible was the primary text for instruction. Generally, negative opinions about primary school teachers were expressed. During the Federalist period (1776-1840), emphasis on reading instruction was nationalistic-moralistic. Novels, newspapers, and magazines were used in the classroom, and, although early in this period the home was viewed as the proper place for instruction, the school setting gained an advantage with the departure of the Bible. Methods of reading instruction remained basically unchanged for the next 100 years; emphasis was placed on rote memory, the alphabet, and imitation of the proper reading models. (Author/KS)
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses
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Note: Ph.D. Dissertation, Michigan State University