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ERIC Number: ED452489
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Pages: 10
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Teaching for Reciprocity: Developing a Self-Extending System through Reading and Writing.
Fullerton, Susan King; DeFord, Diane E.
Running Record, v12 n2 p1-9 Spr 2000
When educators refer to "reciprocity" in Reading Recovery, most often they are referring to the connections that can be made across reading and writing through teaching and learning actions--each reading or writing act has the potential for providing a context for learning about the other (Clay, 1998), and in this way, influencing each other. Another way that educators depend on shared influences, implicit within teaching and learning interactions, is the "reciprocity" that occurs between teacher and child. To understand what reciprocity is and its role in aiding the emergent reader/writer in literacy learning, this article examines two areas: (1) the role of observation and language; and (2) growth in cognition and maturation of perception (knowing where to look, what to look at, and what to look for). The article states that the task for every child is to figure out how language works, how it is structured, how one thing is related to another through language, and how to use language as a tool--a child learns this across many different settings by engaging in "inquiry." The article explores a conversation between one of the author/educators and her student as they begin the writing portion of a lesson to see how these constructs apply. It also describes a different student and her introduction to a new book. The article finds that through frequent opportunities to read and write a variety of texts, learning to see and use new features of print within the reading and writing process, and engaging in rich conversations about text, the child constructs knowledge about literacy. (Contains 2 figures and 17 references.) (NKA)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Reading Recovery Council of North America, Columbus, OH.