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ERIC Number: EJ788592
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Mar
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 2
ISSN: ISSN-0013-8274
Reading and Writing and Cognitive Strategies
VanDeWeghe, Rick, Ed.
English Journal, v97 n4 p93-96 Mar 2008
This article takes a closer look at teaching in classrooms by reviewing a recent article by Carol Booth Olson and Robert Land, literacy researchers and National Writing Project site directors. In "A Cognitive Strategies Approach to Reading and Writing Instruction for English Language Learners in Secondary School" (EJ776476), Olson and Land report on the Pathway Project, a cognitive strategies intervention developed by the University of California-Irvine Writing Project. This project involved fifty-five teachers in all thirteen secondary schools in a California district where 93 percent of students speak English as a second language. Over an eight-year period, these teachers studied the "thinking tools accessed by experienced readers and writers during the process of meaning construction" through professional development workshops. They then taught those tools directly to students through a variety of curricular approaches. The Olson and Land study presents a counterpoint to reductionist approaches by drawing on a number of classroom practices recommended by the Educational Alliance at Brown University, including employing a variety of strategies to help students understand challenging texts and concepts. Classroom implications that emanated from the research of Olson and Land are presented. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California