ERIC Number: ED234388
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Apr-7
Reference Count: 0
Literature and Reading as Liberal Arts.
Tchudi, Stephen N.
Although literature and reading are considered liberal arts, it would seem that teachers of English and reading have been anything but "liberal" in their treatment of books and reading. By and large, teachers at all levels have failed to capitalize on the enormous potential of reading to make a significant difference in the lives of students. By adopting three guidelines, teachers can restore or revitalize literature and reading as genuine liberal arts. The first is that literature and reading are experiential. One learns both to read and to enjoy and appreciate literature by reading. Second, English teachers must broaden the dimensions of literature and reading. Literature and reading materials can be extended in ways conveniently summarized by the "three multis": multicultural, multidisciplinary, and multimedia. Third, reading and literature programs should be developmental. A reading and literature curriculum should mesh with the students' growing emotional, psychological, and linguistic needs and interests. (HOD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Spring Meeting of the Oklahoma Association of Teachers of English (Oklahoma City, OK, April 7, 1983).