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Putting Reading First or Putting Basal Reading First?


by Molly Ness — February 24, 2005

The following article provides a critique of Reading First’s heavy reliance on basal readers. The author questions the policy and its implementation, arguing that basal readers provide little room for differentiation, have weak research bases, and detract from the instructional skills of teachers.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: February 24, 2005
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11766, Date Accessed: 10/22/2017 3:09:06 PM

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  • Molly Ness

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    MOLLY NESS, M.Ed., is a doctoral student in Reading Education at the University of Virginia. She is the author of Lessons to Learn: Voices From the Front Lines of Teach for American (Routledge, 2004)
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