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ERIC Number: ED371333
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994
Pages: 9
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Is Professor AVKO Right? A Challenge to Educators and Educational Researchers at Every Level.
McCabe, Don
Arguing that following some simple concepts can drastically reduce the rate of illiteracy, this booklet maintains that the extent of the literacy problem is teacher-induced and can be reversed by the systematic teaching of the phonics of the English language. The booklet argues that students in grades 1-3 are just beginning to learn how to read and that teachers in grades 4 and up should be taught that they must recognize specific reading problems and how to teach the reading of and the spelling and the meaning/s of those words that contain these special problems. The booklet includes a test that anyone can use to validate "Professor AVKO's" arguments--mark the easier word to read, spell, teach, and learn among 10 pairs of words. The booklet then discusses simple words (with a base of one syllable) and "power" words (with a base of more than one syllable). The booklet argues that the phonic components of the "harder" words of each pair in the test are rarely taught in the first three grades but are essential to understanding the "power" words. A control version of the test is included in the booklet. Contains 10 references. (RS)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: AVKO Educational Research Foundation, Clio, MI.