Teaching: Sound Over Sight in Reading

A new way of teaching reading, already in wide use in the U.S., is challenging the "look-say" method that took over the field beginning 40 years ago. Look-say, best known through the "Dick and Jane" readers, counts on sight identification of whole words, using pictures as clues, and brings in phonetics only gradually. The new method, without being a throwback to McGuffey, is centered on phonetics, freely uses picture clues and—most significantly—puts to work on a broad scale the theory of programmed learning.

The switch is the work of California Linguistics Expert Maurice...

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