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ERIC Number: ED380791
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995
Pages: 15
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How Should Reading Be Taught? (A Public Forum and Debate).
Ediger, Marlow
In a public hearing to decide which plan of reading instruction should be emphasized in a school district, six university professors with expertise in reading took turns presenting their philosophies and plans of reading instruction. Professor A was a strong advocate of a thorough program of phonics instruction for primary grades pupils in particular. Professor B emphasized the need for precise objectives in reading instruction. Professor C believed that pupils need to read entire stories and holistic content in order to be engaged in the act of reading. Professor D expressed the belief that teacher accountability was being minimized in the previous positions. Professor E conducted research which indicates that pupils who are taught on their ability levels and when provisions are made for individual differences, pupils achieve more optimally than pupils grouped using other procedures. Professor F recommended that cooperative learning be emphasized in teaching-learning situations. Audience members asked questions (and professors answered the questions) on topics such as: (1) gifted and talented in cooperative learning in reading; (2) an overemphasis on phonics instruction; (3) pupils learning what is important in reading when precise objectives are emphasized; (4) individualized reading for pupils; and (5) tracking of pupils. Contains seven references. (RS)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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