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ERIC Number: ED316829
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-May-3
Pages: 14
Abstractor: N/A
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The Reading Program of the Future.
Powell, William R.
The reading program of the future will have a form and function which is distinctive. It will have the shape and operations peculiar to the total context in which each teacher has to work. Generating meaning will be the primary focus of all language activities. Print will be introduced naturally and continuously used throughout all developmental stages. Future reading programs will be activity oriented, with ample opportunities for verbal, written and artistic expression. The teacher will teach most of the process strategies for reading in the environmental context. Molding and shaping of the best qualities of past and present programs into a new way of organizing and teaching will enhance program building. Teachers need a reorientation of their own perspectives and beliefs about reading and how it should be taught in order to select and fuse together ideas and techniques which are suitable for their own style. The teaching role becomes one of creating the environment and atmosphere, of leading students, mediating between them and the text, and being inductive in their approach. In this way, teachers will create an environment where reading becomes a discovery process. A program such as this can happen when and where teachers are given the freedom to create in a supportive environment. (One table of comparisons is included.) (MG)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - General; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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