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ERIC Number: ED377460
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995
Pages: 22
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Reciprocal Processes in School Subjects and Literacy Learning: A Discussion.
Partridge, Susan
The recent interest of a number of educators in the reciprocal processes in the various school subjects and literacy (in the hope of achieving better teaching and more student involvement, interest, and enjoyment) is worthy of the careful consideration of all educators. All teachers involved in merging school subjects into a unit of study must be actively and seriously engaged in the merging if it is to be successful. A gradual approach should be taken so that teachers do not feel that the merging was being forced on them. An article by C. P. Casteel and B. A. Isom offers a framework designed to deepen student learning and promote stronger curriculum ties, discussing teaching scientific concepts through literacy-based activities. Experience has taught that gaining teachers' cooperation might not be easy. Unresolved issues also exist in reading in the mathematics classroom. Technology does have much to offer but not if programs involving it are designed without consideration of the uniqueness of all the students concerned and adequate preparation of the teachers before the programs are implemented. Several publications of the International Reading Association might be of interest to teachers interested in merging social studies or science and literacy. Librarians can help and should be consulted in connection with contributing to the various programs. To realize the possibilities of the successful merging of school subjects and literacy, much thinking needs to be done and cooperation among all concerned needs to be achieved. (Contains nine references.) (RS)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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