Broken Promises: Reading Instruction in Twentieth-Century America (Critical Studies in Education Series) / Edition 1

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Overview

The book has more fire--more 'call to arms' gusto--than anything I've read on reading education.

Richard Abrahamson, University of Houston

Broken Promises is an important and powerful book precisely because it provides the opportunity for us all to experience the kinds of insights and construct the kinds of understandings that we need to grow professionally and to be a profession.

Reading Research & Instruction Journal

The volume provides a cogent critique of majority practice. This is one of the few volumes that relate 'critical pedagogy,' as exemplified by the work of Giroux, Apple, and others, to specific examples of school practice. Because reading instruction is a central school activity, this connection is significant and the content is of value to anyone interested in public education. Choice

Shannon argues that a combination of psychology, science, and capitalism has transformed reading from a means of personal and social empowerment into an ability to perform well on tests and has transformed learning from a human transaction between teacher and student into an exchange between things--commercially packaged reading materials--and students. To rationalize reading instruction according to these principles, he says, is to silence the voices of readers and teachers. These compelling new ideas, carefully grounded in research, show how popular solutions to problems in reading instruction--mastery learning, merit pay, and school effectiveness research--actually work against improving teachers' instructional behavior and children's learning ability. A rallying call for teachers of reading, a tool for change, and a most provocative text for students of reading at all levels.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780897891608
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/28/1988
  • Series: Critical Studies in Education Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 6.02 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.49 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction by Henry A. Giroux and Paulo Freire
The Role of Commercially Prepared Materials
Reading Instruction Before the Turn of the Century
Early Attempts to Reform Reading Instruction
The Rise of the Reading Expert and Commercial Publishers
The Role of the Teacher
Why Teachers Use Commercial Reading Materials
Recent Attempts to Refine Reading Instruction
The Deskilling and Reskilling of Teachers of Reading
Reading Instruction and Students' Independence
Resistance to the Management of Reading Instruction
Reaction and Resistance to Managed Reading Programs
The Possibility of Constructive Change in American Reading Programs
Bibliography
Index
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