ERIC Number: EJ902408
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Nov
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 67
Reading Practice in Irish Primary Classrooms: Too Simple a View of Reading?
Concannon-Gibney, Tara; Murphy, Brian
Literacy, v44 n3 p122-130 Nov 2010
This article investigates issues surrounding the adoption of the "simple view" of reading. While this theory of the reading process has recently been espoused as the official view of early reading instruction in England, a recent Irish study, discussed in this article, indicated that this view of reading is also widespread among Irish teachers. This article argues that a less simple view of reading recognising the importance of cognitive flexibility, metacognition and explicit comprehension strategy instruction in reading needs to be promoted among all educators. A lack of emphasis on such explicit reading comprehension instruction has been found to be a common thread in research conducted in the United States, in England and in Ireland and is often linked to reading underachievement. Hence, the authors conclude that the implementation of a more holistic and inclusive "balanced" model of reading development is immediately imperative in reading classrooms, both in Ireland and internationally.
Descriptors: Reading Comprehension, Early Reading, Metacognition, Foreign Countries, Reading Processes, Irish, Reading Instruction, Teaching Methods, Teacher Attitudes, Models
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Primary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Ireland; United Kingdom (England); United States