ERIC Number: ED253639
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983
The Wisconsin Design for Reading Skill Development and Transfer of Comprehansion Reading Skills in Bilingual Education.
Davila, Sonia I.
The Wisconsin Design for Reading Skill Development (WDRS) is primarily an instructional management model in reading, which can be used in both English and bilingual classrooms. The Design, which presents an objective-based, skill-centered approach to reading instruction, conforms to the concept of individually guided education. It is organized in six broad skill areas: word attack, study skills, comprehension, self-directed reading, interpretive reading, and creative reading. For each skill area, the following are provided: instructional and behavioral objectives; assessment procedures; teacher materials and activities identified and organized by objectives; guidelines for implementation of the Design; and teacher planning guides. Pupil profile cards are also provided. Following the general description of the WDRS, this paper presents a more detailed description of the Design's reading comprehension component. This is followed by a discussion of new trends and theoretical bases concerning reading comprehension and transfer of Spanish-English reading skills, and their implications for bilingual education. Arguing that the research shows that reading comprehension skills will be developed and transferred in and between a first and second language if the bilingual reading curriculum is truly skill-based, the paper ends by proposing that the WDRS is a useful tool for this purpose. (CMG)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Puerto Rico Univ., Rio Piedras. Coll. of Education.