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ERIC Number: ED366910
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Mar-1
Pages: 59
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Three Approaches to Teaching Reading: Basal, Language Experience, and Computer-Assisted Instruction.
VanProoyen, Nancy; Clouse, R. Wilburn
According to a review of current reading research, components of language experience, whole language, and computer-assisted instruction need to be incorporated into the core basal reading program to make reading meaningful and enjoyable for all students. The basal reading approach continues to be used by the majority of teachers in elementary schools. Research indicates that students in classes which have incorporated various components of other approaches into basal reader programs scored much higher in achievement than students in schools having only the basal reader. The Language Experience Approach recognizes oral language, speaking, thinking, listening, writing and reading, and what students think and say they can write and read in meaningful ways. The Language Experience Approach is effective for reading disabled students and promotes a good self-concept within students. It is successful as a remedial technique in the upper grades. Whole language is based on the total language experience of the child. Many kinds of printed materials are utilized to integrate oral and written language. Student use of computers in elementary school involves drill-and-practice, tutorial, computer-assisted instruction, discovery learning, and word processing. The most important values the computer can add are immediate feedback, attentional focus, diagnosis, and a wide variety of laboratory or discovery environments. Children learn to read and write with computer assistance, and results compare favorably and sometimes above average with other reading methods. (Contains 147 references.) (RS)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Information Analyses
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Language: English
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