Psychology in Teaching Reading

By Henry P. Smith; Emerald V. Dechant | Go to book overview

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READING IN THE CONTENT AREAS

In each content area reading for learning requires certain specific skills. The teacher must know the unique reading demands of social studies, science, mathematics and the language arts. Special problems are posed by the vocabulary, symbolism, and concepts of each area.

Although reading in each of the content areas requires certain specific skills, this by no means reduces the importance of the general reading skills. However, it does mean that as the child advances through the school grades, it becomes increasingly difficult for him to be weak in reading and strong in the content subjects. We should expect this to be true. Good readers generally are more fortunate than poor readers in a number of ways. They have found reading interesting, they have good vocabularies, and, generally, they are of higher intelligence. These traits, as well as their better basic reading skills, should help them to become good readers in each content area. There is considerable evidence that this actually happens.

For example, Swenson31 has pointed out that there are far more similarities than differences between general reading abilities and ability to read scientific materials. And she has concluded that if a group of pupils is found to be high in ability to read scientific materials, it is almost certain that the group average will be high also in vocabulary, rate, and comprehension skills when they read either scientific or general materials.

Writers have sought to identify those general reading abilities that are needed in all content-area reading. These include the ability to interpret facts and data, to apprehend the main idea, to organize ideas, to draw conclusions, and to appreciate the literary devices of the writer.

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