ERIC Number: ED293740
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Jun
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Whatever Happened to the Crisis in Reading in the Social Studies?
Lunstrum, John P.
This document addresses new insights into the complex cognitive processes involved in reading and their effects on programs and teachers in social studies. Indices are examined that consider: (1) students' reading performance; (2) teacher behavior; (3) textbook readability; and (4) structure for explanation of textual material. Research indicates that today: (1) a large number of students cannot read and comprehend social studies textbooks; (2) a large number of teachers fail to deal with the problems of reading which impair learning, while at the same time they believe that a lack of reading skills is a major problem; (3) commercial social studies reading programs are not effective; and (4) there is a widening gap between new knowledge about reading and the production of social studies instructional materials. A need exists for new models, new patterns of staff development, motivational strategies, prereading programs, and vocabulary development. (JHP)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Social Science Education Consortium (Salt Lake, UT, June 1987).