ERIC Number: EJ728561
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Teaching for Literacy Engagement. Viewpoint
Guthrie, John T.
Journal of Literacy Research, v36 n1 p1-30 2004
In our theoretical framework, reading engagement entails multiple perspectives on reading that consist of motivational dispositions, cognitive strategies, conceptual understanding, and social discourse. Possessing these attributes, engaged readers are typically higher achievers than less engaged readers, who show fewer of these qualities or less integration among them. Because engaged readers spend 500% more time reading than disengaged students, educators should attempt to increase engaged reading time by 200% -500%. This may require substantial reconfigurations of curriculum. However, engaged reading is unique because it is both an effective means to achievement (engaged students improve in reading more than disengaged students) and a valued end or educational outcome. A research gap today is the lack of refined, empirical understanding about classroom practices that promote engagement. We designed Concept-Oriented Reading Instruction (CORI) to foster engagement through conceptual themes, hands- on experiences, self-directed learning, interesting texts, classroom discourse, and time for extended reading. For professional development, we attempt to convey the experiences, theory, beliefs, performances, and texts that will enable teachers to implement and generate instruction for engaged reading and learning.
Descriptors: Reading Instruction, Reading Motivation, Student Motivation, Literacy, Reader Text Relationship, Teaching Methods, Reading Comprehension, Reading Achievement, Concept Teaching, Time on Task, Faculty Development
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