Reading in the High School and College

Reading in the High School and College

Reading in the High School and College

Reading in the High School and College

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The decision of the Board of Directors to provide for another yearbook in the field of reading was prompted by a memorandum submitted by Professor Gray in the summer of 1945. Reviewing the progress of instruction in reading in light of the Society's previous publications on this subject, well known to the teaching profession as Part I, in each case, of the Twenty-fourth and the Thirty-sixth Yearbooks, Professor Gray suggested that changing conceptions of the role of reading in general education and scientific studies of reading problems in recent years indicate the need of a yearbook providing an authoritative interpretation of the significance of new knowledge and of emerging problems in this area. On the basis of suggestions derived from correspondence and several conferences with specialists in schools and colleges, the Committee on Reading reached the conclusion that the various lines of development in reading instruction could not be effectively dealt with in a single yearbook and proposed a series of publications comprising four or five volumes. As chairman of the committee, Professor Gray reported to the April, 1946, meeting of the Board that there is immediate need of a publication presenting an analysis of reading problems at the secondary-school and college levels and offering specific guidance with respect to the appropriate organization, materials, and methods of an effective reading program for youth. Responses to the inquiries concerning present needs in the area of reading indicated also that it would be desirable to provide for an early revision of the Thirty-sixth yearbook, emphasizing practical principles to be observed in meeting new situations and new problems in reading instruction at the elementary-school level. In addition to the foregoing proposals, Professor Gray informed the Board that the interests and experimental endeavors of specialists in reading indicate a need for supplementary publications dealing with the problem of reading in the developing programs for the education of functional illiterates and in the area of parent education.

The Board authorized the preparation of the two yearbooks relating to reading in the elementary grades and in the high school and college, the latter being scheduled for earlier publication because of the more immediate need of the review of the reading problems with . . .

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