Theoretical Approaches to Reading Instruction. Marilyn Jager-Adams. Introduction. three styles of learning: alphabetic words meaning. Alphabetic Approaches. Disadvantages: Difficult to learn Focused on memorization, reading aloud Less concerned with conveying ideas (310).
three styles of learning:
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(1895, 73; cited in N. Smith 1986, 118)
"Fun with Dick and Jane"
The 1950's through Present Day:
Competing beliefs, such as Phonetics, Whole Language Movement, and continued adherents to the Alphabetic Method
Where does the impasse lie with the Alphabetic Method?
Perceptual/conceptual elusiveness of phonemes (313)
Humans are biologically disposed to learn/decode the phonemes of their native language (313)
Focus needs to be on the sounds of language vs. meanings
Learning to connect sounds to written language
Jager Adams, Marilyn. "Theoretical Approaches to Reading Instruction" Cushman, Ellen, et al. Literacy: A Critical Sourcebook. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin's, 2001. 309-315. Print.
Oxford Education. "Read Write Inc. Phonemes Pronunciation Guide DVD.” Online video clip.YouTube. YouTube, 7 February 2011. Web. 15 June 2014.
University of Oregon. University of Oregon Center on Teaching and Learning. n.d. webpage. 15 June 2014. <http://reading.uoregon.edu/big_ideas/pa/pa_what.php>.