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Common Sense in Teaching Reading


reviewed by Olive S. Niles - 1964

coverTitle: Common Sense in Teaching Reading
Author(s): Roma Gans
Publisher: John Wiley, New York
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Common Sense in Teaching Reading is clearly the product of long and close personal association with children, teachers, and parents, experience resulting in strong convictions about the ways in which all three of these groups should work in the best interests of the first. Dr. Gans states her central theme in the Foreword: "I have emphasized the reading aspirations we consciously develop in children as our major goal in teaching them to read." This point of view—the decisive importance to be attached to the way children and adults -feel about the pleasures and values of reading—accounts for many of Dr. Gans's recommendations: for example, her concern for the crucial role parents play in children's learning to read, her criticism of basal readers (which, she believes, are of genuine interest to few children), her questions concerning the use of standardized tests for the evaluation of a reading program, her insistence on the... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 66 Number 1, 1964, p. 89-89
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 2521, Date Accessed: 12/7/2019 6:41:58 AM

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