Psychology in Teaching Reading

Psychology in Teaching Reading

Psychology in Teaching Reading

Psychology in Teaching Reading

Excerpt

The purpose of this book is to provide teachers with an understanding of the psychological bases of the reading process. As teachers, we need to know the facts and principles behind our classroom methods. But facts and principles presented in isolation are difficult to understand and unlikely to be used; we must see how they apply to the teaching of boys and girls.

Psychologists have made numerous attempts to systematize what is known about behavior. In this work, we seek to identify and organize the facts concerning reading behavior. In order effectively to guide the child who is learning to read, the teacher should understand both those general principles that govern all learning and those special principles that govern learning to read.

Just what is a psychology of reading? There is a vast amount of data and carefully considered theory to be found in psychology and related fields. But frequently it is expressed in technical language and those portions of it that have educational implications are interwoven with much that has little or no direct application to education. Out of this wealth of information, a psychology of reading selects what is relevant to the teaching of reading and attempts to organize it in logical form. But it must do more than this. It must suggest applications of the findings and theories of the psychologist to classroom situations.

In a very real sense this book is an introduction to edu-

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