ERIC Number: ED211953
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Jan
Reference Count: 0
The Emergence of Reading Behavior.
Costello, William P. J.
Reading instruction is on the verge of a shift to a new paradigm that will be based on a new understanding of cognitive processes and will include five important tenets: (1) the best way to promote the emergence of reading behavior is to use interesting story books; (2) the primary cause of reading problems is too much instruction, too much information, or premature information; (3) reading is not a subject but a natural behavior that will emerge if left to its own devices; (4) human beings are not blank slates that teachers can "write" reading on--reading must be nurtured; and (5) rather than starting with extrinsic meanings in print and trying to make the learner turn it into speech, teachers should be starting with intrinsic meanings in speech and turning them into print. This approach is commonly referred to as the "language experience approach," and is far more successful than the packaged reading programs from publishers or the regimented skills approach to instruction. The guiding principal of the new paradigm is that teachers must stop trying to "invoke" reading, and begin rather to "evoke" reading behavior. (HTH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Claremont Reading Conference (49th, Claremont, CA, January 14-15, 1982).