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Rethinking Language Arts: Passion and Practice


reviewed by Patrick Groff - 2003

coverTitle: Rethinking Language Arts: Passion and Practice
Author(s): Nina Zaragoza
Publisher: Routledge/Falmer, New York
ISBN: 041593172, Pages: 227, Year: 2002
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The purpose of this review is to critically comment, in as considerate a manner possible, on a process for teaching language arts with which I disagree. To begin, I concede that my contrariety in this regard is not the most highly popular one. The 2002 edition of Rethinking Language Arts (RLA), by Nina Zaragoza, is a re-release of her 1997 book by the same name.  This suggests that her views have received more than customary acceptance in the past by education professors who assign required reading material in their courses on language arts instruction in elementary schools. The popularity of the 1997 edition of RLA also implies that the great debate over how to develop and evaluate children’s abilities in written composition, oral discourse, listening, drama, reading, spelling, and understanding vocabulary, has not declined. Zaragoza’s 2002 book represents the side of the controversy made up of language arts instruction experts who favor what is called student-centered pedagogy. This teaching is accompanied by subjective assessments of students’ learning. The other... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 105 Number 4, 2003, p. 592-595
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11060, Date Accessed: 10/17/2019 9:39:26 AM

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