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    Appalachian State University
   
 
  Nov 18, 2017
 
 
    
2017-2018 Graduate Bulletin

R E 6700 - Historical Trends in Reading Theory and Research (3)


When Offered: On Demand
This course examines significant trends and developments in reading theory and research from the early 1900s up to the present. Emphasis will be placed on three time periods: 1910-1930 which featured behavioral psychology, the development of basal readers and the first university-based reading clinics; 1955-1965 which featured the “Great Debate” between advocates of phonics and whole-word reading methodologies; and 1975-1995 which ushered in cognitive theories of reading and two competing psycholinguistic explanations of the reading process. Throughout the course, connections will be drawn between predominant reading theories and their effects on classroom reading materials and instructional methods.