ERIC Number: ED225108
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Scientific Versus Humanistic Approaches to Reading.
Thompson, Mark E.
The scientific approach with humans is usually subject to many human and environmental variables that are difficult to control. Reading behavior and reading disability are two of the most researched topics in education and psychology, yet reading research continues to abound with contradictions. Standardized tests, speed reading, and computer assisted instruction all have problems associated with them. A slavish application of technical exercises can be limiting and debilitating. Inspired by John Dewey, humanist teachers emphasize human dignity. They realize that humans are needed to take on the difficult tasks of overcoming educational handicaps and developing qualities of understanding and reason. This job may be aided by technology, but there is no indication that technology can control itself. Furthermore, technology tends to fragment knowledge and skills, while humanistic approaches cut through technical barriers and seek to achieve a broad, integrated perspective for the individual. Reading specialists must be humanistic in approach while understanding the uses and limitations of science and technology. (JL)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the North Central Reading Association (25th, Flint, MI, October 22-23, 1982).