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A Century of NSSE Publications on Reading


by Richard L. Venezky — 2001

The assortment of volumes, chapters, and chapter fragments of NSSE offers an amazing range of issues, treatments, and opinions about reading and reading instruction. Some of these continue to speak imaginatively to issues prominent today and merit republication; others served their time well but have been superseded or outdated. And others are best left in the musty obscurity of university archives and the occasional used book store. From another perspective, however, these materials can be read as primary source materials for the history of the NSSE, its selection processes, and the people who dominated the reading committees for almost half of the NSSE’s existence. This is a more difficult story to compose, given the limited form of evidence, but it is an important one for helping the NSSE select a viable future. This chapter is an attempt to present both of these perspectives, based upon an analysis of the NSSE treatment of reading, from Volume 1 in 1902 until Volume 99, issued at the beginning of the year 2000.


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This article originally appeared as NSSE Yearbook Vol 100, No. 1.


Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 103 Number 7, 2001, p. 164-184
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 18678, Date Accessed: 12/12/2017 2:46:07 PM

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  • Richard Venezky
    University of Deleware
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    RICHARD L. VENEZKY is Professor of Education Studies in the School of Education, University of Delaware.
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