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Resisting Reading Mandates: How to Triumph with the Truth


reviewed by Betsy VanDeusen-MacLeod — 2003

coverTitle: Resisting Reading Mandates: How to Triumph with the Truth
Author(s): Elaine M. Garan
Publisher: Heinemann, Portsmouth, NH
ISBN: 0325004463, Pages: 144, Year: 2002
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The National Reading Panel.  Phonics.  Comprehension.  Testing.  Scientifically Based Research.  No Child Left Behind.  If you’ve picked up a newspaper, journal or other educational publication recently, chances are you have read about these issues and the ongoing debate regarding reading instruction and our nation’s literacy.  Bombarded by test scores, state and federal legislation and arguments over pedagogy, educators find themselves overwhelmed and confused by the politics and policy of literacy mandates.   The Report of the National Reading Panel (NRP) is the focus of Elaine M. Garan’s latest book, Resisting Reading Mandates:  How to Triumph with the Truth.  Garan, an Assistant Professor at California State University-Fresno in the Department of Literacy and Early Education, takes issue with what she calls this “shamelessly flawed research effort” (p. xiii).  Since its publication in 1999, the NRP report has sparked intense debate over its emphasis on scientifically based research, its criteria for selected research, and the conclusions drawn from its efforts.   Garan’s book is formatted as a handbook for any educator who wants information to... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 105 Number 7, 2003, p. 1225-1227
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 10934, Date Accessed: 10/20/2017 8:30:22 AM

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  • Betsy VanDeusen-MacLeod
    Walled Lake Consolidated Schools, MI
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    BETSY VanDEUSEN-MacLEOD is a reading consultant for Walled Lake Consolidated Schools in Walled Lake, MI. In her 13 years of teaching experience, she has taught special education and Reading Recovery, and she has provided instructional support to elementary schools in the area of literacy. She is the former Associate State Director of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (Michigan) and has worked with schools throughout Michigan in the area of school improvement and assessment literacy. Her professional interests include effective instruction for all students, change processes in our schools and the broad implications of a more literate society.
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