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ERIC Number: ED471179
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Aug
Pages: 8
Abstractor: N/A
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Improving the Rural School Reading Curriculum.
Ediger, Marlow
Students who live in rural areas will almost certainly leave those areas for occupations in larger city areas when they reach adulthood. Therefore, the child needs to receive the best education possible to prepare for an unknown future. This paper discusses some of the characteristics of rural schools, especially the plethora of children living in poverty without much taxable wealth to support public school education. The paper notes some of the problematic areas which poverty engenders: food and shelter deficiencies; lack of reading materials; lack of parental interest in school activities; richness in travel experiences not possible; and not being able to develop long-term goals in education. But it finds that whatever the situation, each rural child needs to learn to read well. It points out that holism in reading may be stressed with the following procedures of instruction: Reading Recovery; Big Book approaches; individualized reading; language experience approach; and linguistic procedures. The paper states that assessment needs to be ongoing to see how well students are doing in reading--teacher observation, based on valid principles of reading instruction can be a good procedure to use in the assessment process. It also recommends using a portfolio pertaining to reading, developed by the student. Contains 7 references. (NKA)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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