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ERIC Number: ED480887
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Sep
Pages: 5
Abstractor: N/A
Grammar and Language Skills: The Benefits of Direct Instruction. ERIC Topical Bibliography and Commentary.
Smith, Carl B., Ed.
Direct Instruction (DI) is a pedagogical method that has come to be seen as the principal alternative to whole language reading instruction. Its development is attributed to Siegfried Engelmann, from the University of Illinois, in the mid-1960s. DI was originally developed as an instructional method in both mathematics and reading. This topical bibliography/commentary focuses on use of the DI method for reading instruction. The bibliography/commentary explains that, as DI is a pedagogy informed by the insights of general linguistics and segmental phonology in particular, DI theories of reading instruction view written text as a set of small units that become meaningful in combination with one another. It discusses what DI considers the problems in learning to read: phonemic awareness, the relation of words to their meaning, and the interpretive element. It also discusses DI and second language instruction. Lists 3 Internet resources and 12 references. (NKA)
ERIC Clearinghouse on Reading, English and Communication, 2805 E. 10th St., #140, Bloomington, IN 47408-2698. Web site:
Publication Type: Information Analyses; ERIC Publications; Reference Materials - Bibliographies
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Institute of Education Sciences (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Reading, English, and Communication, Bloomington, IN.
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A