Friday, April 6, 2012

Whole Language

Annotated Research

Question: How do “most” teachers feel about “whole language”?

Answer: “Most teachers accepted whole language as effective, but as a supplement to skill-based instruction.” BJ Brunean, RP Ambrose. 1989. P. 249.

Comment: If whole language is an emphasis on using children’s literature as part of reading instruction, then I heartily agree. But this finding would suggest that the step-by-step approach to phonics and the directed- reading -assignment approach to comprehension are keys to success in learning to read. That’s known as the “basal” approach. RayS.

Title: “Annotated Bibliography of Research in the Teaching of English.” JD Marshall and RK Durst. Research in the Teaching of English (May 1991), 236.

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