My first ideology: teaching reading falls victim to the culture wars

Riddle, Stewart (2013) My first ideology: teaching reading falls victim to the culture wars. The Conversation, 2 October 2013. pp. 1-4.

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When teaching students how to read, teachers are ignoring the best, scientifically-proven approaches according to a report out this week from libertarian research institute the Centre for Independent Studies (CIS). Why? It's all because of entrenched ideology and bias. And this, in turn, is leading to greater levels of illiteracy. An accompanying opinion piece by one of the report's authors claimed this was in part because teacher-training programs were 'weighted towards theories of literacy, especially whole-language philosophies, rather than proven, effective practice'. This debate around the best way to teach reading is nothing new; in fact, it's been going on in the media for decades. And often, it creates a false dichotomy between the two main approaches – 'whole language' and 'phonics'. But what do we really know about these different methods?

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Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Teacher Education and Early Childhood
Date Deposited: 04 Oct 2013 01:53
Last Modified: 29 Sep 2016 01:43
Uncontrolled Keywords: literacy; phonics; whole language; reading
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130204 English and Literacy Curriculum and Pedagogy (excl. LOTE, ESL and TESOL)
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2004 Linguistics > 200401 Applied Linguistics and Educational Linguistics
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130303 Education Assessment and Evaluation
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939902 Education and Training Theory and Methodology

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