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Reading Instruction in Junior High School


by William D. Sheldon 1961

Teaching reading in the junior high school is complicated by a number of issues and problems. The place of the junior high school in the structure of American education is, in many, instances, still unresolved. In some school systems, "junior high" means a distinct three-year unit, Grades VII through IX. In others, Grades VII and VIII may be the final two years of the elementary school or a transitional two-year unit between the elementary grades and a four-year high school. The unresolved status of the junior high school affects the preparation of teachers and the development of instructional materials. It aggravates problems of continuity by affecting pupils' learning and teachers' planning of instruction. While lack of continuity weakens every phase of the curriculum, developmental processes such as learning to read are especially vulnerable.


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This article originally appeared as NSSE Yearbook Vol 60, No. 1.


Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 62 Number 9, 1961, p. 305-319
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 19890, Date Accessed: 10/20/2017 7:16:08 PM

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  • William Sheldon
    Syracuse University
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    WILLIAM D. SHELDON is a Professor of Education at Syracuse University.
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