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ERIC Number: ED456416
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Jul
Pages: 11
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Reading Literature in Slovenian Vocational Schools.
Vogel, Boza Krakar
Vocational schools in Slovenia offer 3-year programs in which students aged 14-17 are trained for different professions such as bakers, car mechanics, tailors, etc. Most of the students attending vocational schools were poor academic achievers in elementary school and have little interest in reading. Educators in Slovenia believe that encounters with literature are an important educational opportunity for such students, and for this reason, recent educational reform involves an introduction of mother tongue syllabi for vocational schools in which 40% of class time is devoted to reading literature. The new selection of recommended readings is better suited to the reading interests and abilities of vocational school students. The same goes for the reading strategies and reader response stimuli in the new textbooks. This paper outlines the specific changes that have been made by presenting a selection of works of literature from the new textbooks and the reading strategies taught to connect reading with comprehension, visualization, knowledge, and expression. The paper also presents the results of an empirical study conducted with teachers and students of vocational schools. It points at examples of a modern and holistic curriculum design which encourages reading and striving for personal fulfillment in those students who have so far often been neglected in this respect. (NKA)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Slovenia