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The Responsibility of the Elementary School in Teaching Reading


by Lois C. Mossman 1928

HOW inclusive is the task of the elementary school in teaching reading? Is the responsibility met when the school has taught the child to read with some degree of success? Does efficiency in reading consist merely of the ability to get meaning from the printed page with a measure of speed and accuracy? Does the school incur any responsibility for developing taste in what one reads? Do the reading habits to be taught include habits of reading as well as habits in reading? Does skill in reading include skill in finding reading material pertinent to one's interests and needs? Just what responsibility does the school bear toward making some connection between the children it is teaching to read and the library in the community? Are there library habits that the school should develop? Are there library skills to be taught by the school in establishing these library habits? What is the place of newspapers and magazines in the child's education? What has appreciation of books to do with reading? Does understanding of book construction contribute anything to one's real satisfaction in the use of books? Does acquaintance with the story of the evolution of books contribute anything to satisfactions derived from reading? Just what is the problem of teaching reading?


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 29 Number 6, 1928, p. 488-503
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 5748, Date Accessed: 12/15/2017 2:36:20 PM

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