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ERIC Number: ED426345
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Pages: 26
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Effective Reading Instruction: Shattering the Myth.
DiChiara, Larry E.
This paper examines the mindset of educators regarding reading instruction and attempts to raise consciousness as to how reading can be better taught in United States schools. It calls for the need to go beyond the status quo and to allow for an honest, critical evaluation of the effectiveness (or ineffectiveness) of current instructional practices. It identifies key concepts and strategies that research indicates are necessary for a successful Language Arts program and for the transfer of certain skills to all students. A sense of urgency is expressed in order to illustrate the need for expedience in identifying students who are experiencing reading problems and, more importantly, in identifying the instructional practices that are the root cause of these problems. In addition, the need for quality assurance in our schools is upheld and expounded upon. The components and underlying beliefs of Direct Instruction (DI) are described as well as an overview of a DI program. The paper makes recommendations for adopting DI as a purposeful step toward increasing quality assurance in classrooms and providing teachers with the necessary tools and training to implement an effective Language Arts program. (Contains 8 references.) (Author/CR)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - General
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Language: English
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