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ERIC Number: ED268481
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985
Pages: 12
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Empowering Students through Reading.
Norby, Janet R.; And Others
Reading represents the single most important tool for teaching students "how to learn" across the curriculum, and the time has come to encourage widespread development of undergraduate reading degree programs for future teachers. Ten years ago, Eastern Washington University began offering Reading Education as an undergraduate major for elementary teaching candidates and as a minor for secondary teaching candidates. Reading majors are required to take 37 credit hours in various specialized areas, such as children's literature or reading in the content areas. This coursework, offered sequentially and developmentally, gives teaching candidates the opportunity to learn theory, conduct research, and apply coursework to actual classroom situations. At the end of the three years, students are competent in (1) identifying student abilities, (2) textbook analysis, (3) alternative teaching methods, (4) differentiated assignments, (5) small group activities, and (6) instructional and learning theory. Because their knowledge transcends content areas, elementary teachers prepared to teach reading are also perceived as instructional leaders by many schools and districts. Despite a trend toward district and state guidelines and a requisite loss of teacher authority in the classroom, schools of education should not be dissuaded from considering the development of an undergraduate reading major. (HTH)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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