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ERIC Number: ED302811
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Nov-21
Pages: 14
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Decoding Skills and the Remedial Reading Program.
Fowler, Will
The primary task of all teachers at all grade levels in all disciplines should be to identify the poor reader and find assistance for that student. "Sink or swim" thinking, which permits nonreaders to advance through the school grade hierarchy and into society, must be phased out of the educational consciousness of the nation. Recent research has shown that phonics instruction is important in the early stages of reading, but some students simply do not learn the decoding skills needed to advance their reading skills. These students make very little progress even after they are grouped together and given special reading material, usually in the middle school years. Explicit phonics instruction appears not to work beyond the second grade, so other remediation techniques, such as computer-assisted instruction, peer tutors, and the "vowel-sound-stick" method, should be implemented. However, it is not a question of method. Given early identification, most young readers with decoding problems can be taught the essentials of decoding through one method or another. (RS)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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