ERIC Number: ED325807
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Nov-8
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For Want of Direction: Case for a Written Philosophy of Reading.
Warren John H.
The manner in which a classroom teacher frames questions or directions to the students reveals his or her philosophy of reading and determines what the teacher does in the classroom. A written philosophy about reading for elementary schools can provide a sense of direction in making all kinds of important decisions, and can also furnish the cohesiveness and continuity of instructional effort required from one year to the next. Meetings with teachers, parents, and administrators of an elementary school over an 11-week period resulted in a broad declaration about reading and its unique place in the curriculum entitled "A Basic Reading Philosophy." Work during the next six months focused on specific guidelines to enact that declaration, and a list of provisos designed to serve that purpose was then drawn up. The declaration and provisos were used almost immediately in the selection of a new basal reading program for the school, and both documents are now incorporated in the school's Teacher's Handbook. (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Arkansas State Reading Association (Little Rock, AR, November 8-9, 1990).