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ERIC Number: ED136256
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
Pages: 16
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Reference Count: 0
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Beginnings and Becomings.
Huck, Charlotte S.
Traditionally, tests in the language arts have focused on the mechanical skills of reading, writing, and spelling. The problems which have arisen because of tests which measure reading and composing ability without ever requiring the child to actually read or compose have been compounded by teachers' tendencies to turn children away from books by giving them exercises in workbooks, by putting them in reading groups according to arbitrary ability levels, and by constantly testing them. A new movement in research, which concentrates on the process of children's learning rather than on the end-products of testing, can hopefully provide solutions to these Problems. Advocates perceive the child not as an empty vessel waiting to be filled with knowledge, but as an active seeker and formulator of meaning. Miscue analysis, categorization of children's spelling errors, and interpretation of children's responses to literature are all techniques which stem from this conceptual framework. Teachers who have always taken their lessons from textbooks need to become sensitive to the learning potential in other than traditional educational experiences. (KS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council of Teachers of English (66th, Chicago, November 25-27, 1976)