ERIC Number: ED172180
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Answers Without Questions.
Kingston, Albert J.
There are many "truths" concerning reading psychology and pedagogy that teachers accept without questioning and that play an important role in current reading instruction. However, both science and education are deeply affected by the tenor of their times, and present day answers should be regarded only as tentative propositions that may be eventually proved wrong. In considering the nature of the learner and the learning process, educators need to examine concepts of school and reading readiness, motivation techniques for children to whom reading has little appeal, and the appeal of basal readers and other classroom reading materials. They should also consider using social situations and social reinforcement in teaching reading. In the area of reading pedagogy, educators need to consider the following: ways to assure that reading becomes an important activity for children and adults, the possible use of audiovisual aids to increase interest in reading, ways to develop content reading abilities, and the impact on pupils of new reading materials rewritten to alter social and sexual depictions. Finally, with regard to the psychology of reading, researchers should develop ways to measure reading and should study such practical classroom problems as the impact of teacher behavior on learning. (GT)
Descriptors: Audiovisual Aids, Content Area Reading, Educational Theories, Educational Trends, Elementary Secondary Education, Learning Processes, Motivation Techniques, Reading, Reading Attitudes, Reading Habits, Reading Instruction, Reading Materials, Research Needs, Social Reinforcement, Student Attitudes, Student Interests
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Reading Association (24th, Atlanta, Georgia, April 23-27, 1979)