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Basals Are Not For Reading


by Fred Busch 1970

The author contends that the bland, insipid content of first-grade readers not only complicates the process of "learning to read," but may, in fact, later contribute to an adolescent's anxiety.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 72 Number 1, 1970, p. 23-30
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 1640, Date Accessed: 6/29/2017 8:20:11 AM

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  • Fred Busch
    Medical Center, University of Michigan
    Dr. Busch, presently with the Children's Psychiatric Hospital, University of Michigan Medical Center, contends that the bland, insipid content of first-grade readers not only complicates the process of "learning to read," but may, in fact, later contribute to an adolescent's anxiety. That the content does not deal with a child's developmental concerns and the mastery of issues that are crucial to him may lead the youngster to conclude that his conflicts are unique and something to be frightened of and avoided. Dr. Busch was supported in his research by a grant from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.
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