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ERIC Number: ED402548
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Mar
Pages: 4
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ISSN: ISSN-8775-3716
The Case of Invented Spelling: How Theory Becomes Target Practice. The Politics of Literacy.
Miller, Edward
Harvard Education Letter, v12 n2 p5-7 Mar-Apr 1996
Of all the developments in reading research during the past 30 years, few have provided as much fodder for the wars over whole language as "invented spelling." Research on invented spelling led to a developmental theory of how children experiment with phonemic rules and patterns, and scholars urged teachers to allow children to spell inventively in the earliest stages of learning. Critics who pounce on invented spelling as a source of horror stories are not entirely off-base--some teachers have adopted practices associated with invented spelling in inappropriate ways. Early researchers never expected invented spelling to become a classroom activity in and of itself. Teachers need to be aware of the nuances of research on invented spelling and the related larger controversies. Encouraging young children's experiments with language is not inconsistent with direct instruction in phonics or with a teacher's commitment to the importance of correct spelling. (RS)
Publication Type: Journal Articles
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Language: English
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