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ERIC Number: EJ883574
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 9
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 20
ISSN: ISSN-1068-6177
Dispositions: Encourage Young Children to Become Life-Long Readers
Swanson, Mary; Da Ros-Voseles, Denise
Dimensions of Early Childhood, v37 n2 p30-38 Spr-Sum 2009
The overarching goal to create life-long learners who are enthusiastic readers requires a two-pronged approach: (1) enhancing dispositions; and (2) simultaneously teaching reading skills. This approach is powerfully portrayed in the children's book, "Thank You, Mr. Falker" (Polacco, 1998). This article explores how teachers of young children can nurture their dispositions to be future readers. Teacher beliefs, awareness of dispositions, and the role both play in the literacy climate can enhance the reading process throughout a child's education. The authors define "dispositions" and explain why positive dispositions are essential for nurturing emergent readers. (Contains 3 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A