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ERIC Number: EJ783385
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 9
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 46
ISSN: ISSN-0013-189X
Pedagogies for the Poor? Realigning Reading Instruction for Low-Income Students with Scientifically Based Reading Research
Cummins, Jim
Educational Researcher, v36 n9 p564-572 2007
In this article, the author argues that there is minimal scientific support for the pedagogical approaches promoted for low-income students in the federal Reading First initiative. In combination with high-stakes testing, the interpretation of the construct "systematic phonics instruction" in Reading First has resulted in highly teacher-centered and inflexible classroom environments. By privileging these approaches, Reading First ignored the National Reading Panel's finding that systematic phonics instruction was unrelated to reading comprehension for low-achieving and normally achieving students beyond Grade 1. Also ignored was the significant body of research suggesting that reading engagement is an important predictor of achievement. Alternative evidence-based directions for rebalancing reading instruction for low-income students are suggested in the context of the impending reauthorization of the No Child Left Behind legislation. (Contains 3 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001