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Author Coles, Gerald.

Title Reading lessons : the debate over literacy / Gerald Coles.

Published New York : Hill and Wang, 1998.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bund  428.4 COLE {Bund81 20190820}    AVAILABLE
Edition 1st ed.
Physical description x, 212 pages ; 24 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [167]-203) and index.
Contents 1. The Debate Over Reading -- 2. The "Natural" Road to Reading -- 3. Alphabet Sounds and Learning to Read -- 4. Emotions and Learning to Read -- 5. Meaning, Comprehension, and Reading Success -- 6. Learning Capacity, Children's Futures, and Reading Achievement -- 7. Reading Disabilities and Learning to Read -- 8. Money, Politics, and Learning to Read -- Conclusion: Changing the Literacy Debate.
Summary In this hard-hitting and timely study, Gerald Coles argues that today's preferred methods of instruction (usually classified into two opposing camps, phonics vs. whole language) not only fail the children who never learn to read and write but can also damage the thinking and behavior of most who do, Moreover, Coles demonstrates that the very terms of today's arguments about learning are flawed, and he urges Americans to worry more about the best ways - not "the best way" - to teach reading and about how politics, economics, and power in our unequal land affect learning to read. Only when teachers, parents, activists, and politicians work together to attack literacy problems at their societal roots will education truly better our nation.
Subject Reading -- United States.
Reading, Psychology of.
Reading -- Social aspects -- United States.
Literacy -- United States.
ISBN 0809064901 (cloth : alk. paper)