Balancing Principles for Teaching Elementary Reading
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Balancing Principles for Teaching Elementary Reading by James V. Hoffman
Book DescriptionThis book appears at a time when the crisis rhetoric about schools, teaching, and learning to read is extremely high. There is a rising call within the profession for a balanced perspective on reading. Balancing Principles for Teaching Elementary Reading aspires to help set the agenda for improving the quality of literacy instruction in the United States--by recentering the debate from "What's better, 'whole language' or 'phonics'?" to "What can we do in reading instruction to prepare all children for the literacy demands of the next century?" The authors, all members of the professional community of reading educators, work on a daily basis with teachers in classrooms, prospective teachers, clinicians, and tutors. Their goal for this book is to represent what they have learned about effective teaching and learning as members of this community. It is written with four purposes in mind: * to offer a principled conception of reading and learning to read that is considerate of both the personal dimensions of literacy acquisition as well as the changes that are taking place in society, * to summarize key findings from the research that relate specifically to effective teaching practices, * to describe current practices in reading instruction with specific comparisons to the principles of effective practice that are identified, and * to suggest an action agenda that is school-based and designed to promote positive changes in the quality of instruction. This text offers a perspective for teaching that provokes members of the reading education community to think about their underlying beliefs about teaching and their shared commitment to making schools more effective for the students they serve. It is envisioned as a resource to be used in building a community of learners--to be read with professional colleagues in a course of study, in a teacher-researcher book club, or in some type of in-service setting. Readers are encouraged to debate the ideas presented, to challenge the authors' conceptions with their own reality, to make sense within a community about what action is desirable. Some specific suggestions and strategies are provided as springboards for further exploration and action.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780805829136
(229mm x 152mm x 6mm)
Imprint: Routledge Member of the Taylor and Francis Group
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Inc
Publish Date: 13-May-2000
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author James V. Hoffman
Changing Literacies for Changing Times, Hardback (July 2009)
Offering the wisdom of literacy, this book takes a critical look into the present and the future of the field. It features various chapters that address the theme of literacy and the teaching of literacy as being in a constant state of change. It describes literacy, literacy acquisition, and the teaching of literacy.
Texts in Elementary Classrooms, Paperback (January 2004)» View all books by James V. Hoffman
This volume explores a variety of topics, including: texts in the teaching and learning of reading; word identification and text characteristics; choosing fiction to support young children's literacy development; electronic text in the classroom; and issues surrounding text selection.
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