EDC 555: Reading/Literacy - Elementary

Synonym:

78296 (for web registration)

Section:

A

Faculty:

Jane Miller

Credits:

3

Seats:

18

Semester:

Fall 2011

Meeting Schedule:

Thursdays 9/1 - 12/15 (9:00AM-11:29AM)

Description:

Competency Area: Curriculum & Instruction
Required of and restricted to Fall 2011 entering Integrated Learning M.Ed. with state certification and Waldorf year round M.Ed. with state certification students until August 4; open to other students on August 5.

Is reading a skill that children naturally develop or is it a process that requires programmatic, constant instruction? Is it better to teach phonics or try a ?whole language? approach? This course will address these questions and consider the following topics: an analysis of the reading process and what is involved in encoding and decoding; different approaches to reading instruction and the use of children?s literature; ways to teach reading that promote confidence and fluency; assessment tools to determine the strengths and needs of young readers; and the integration of reading, writing and speech activities throughout the curriculum.