ERIC Number: ED346445
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
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Toward a Caring Reading Curriculum.
Rasinski, Timothy V.
As a result of criticism of the schools, educators have made modifications in many reading curricula that have resulted in an increased emphasis on reading achievement and a lessened emphasis on using reading to help students develop citizenship, social responsibility, and caring. Reading instruction needs to be thought of not only in terms of the degree to which reading performance can be improved, but also in terms of the degree to which students learn to become socially responsible citizens. Reading teachers should be models of caring persons during reading instruction, listening attentively to students and giving help when needed. Homogeneous grouping and individualized instruction minimize opportunities to teach caring. Teachers should consider having students work together in pairs and small groups on reading and writing tasks for which the groups as a whole must bear responsibility. Cross-grade grouping often gives students real opportunities to help others and to be helped. Careful selection of reading materials and directing discussion of that material after it is read can lead to growth in caring and social responsibility. Finally, the way in which a teacher designs the reading environment in the classroom can help promote social interaction, caring, and cooperation among students. It is incumbent on reading educators to search for ways to promote the development of caring, citizenship, and social responsibility within the context of academically-oriented reading instruction. (RS)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
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Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
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