ERIC Number: ED436760
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Position Statement on Reading: National Council of Teachers of English.
National Council of Teachers of English, Urbana, IL.
This pamphlet presents a position statement by the National Council of Teachers of English on reading, suggesting that reading is a complex act of constructing meaning from print. It argues that during interactions with other readers, people learn to read critically, to question what they read, and to respond in a certain way. To make sure that all individuals have access to the personal pleasures and intellectual benefits of full literacy, the pamphlet argues that society and schools must provide students with (1) access to a wide range of texts; (2) ample time to read a wide range of materials; (3) teachers who help them develop an extensive repertoire of skills and strategies; (4) opportunities to learn how reading, writing, speaking, and listening support each other; and (5) access to the literacy skills needed in a technologically advanced society. It also suggests that all teachers need an extensive knowledge of language development; all administrators need to secure funds and provide opportunities for professional development; and all educational stakeholders need to understand that they can best support beginning and advanced readers by participating actively in public conversation about the goals of literacy learning. (RS)
Descriptors: Primary Education, Professional Development, Reading, Reading Instruction, Reading Materials, Reading Processes, Teacher Role
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Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Authoring Institution: National Council of Teachers of English, Urbana, IL.