Rethinking reading

Paliwal, Anchala (2017) Rethinking reading. Language and Language Teaching, 6 (1). pp. 76-77. ISSN 2277-307X

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Researchers largely agree that reading is not just an aid to acquire learning but it is an important means to facilitate thinking and therefore, enables an enhanced understanding of society and its problems. A holistic notion of education includes the ability to read with comprehension, as a necessary pre requisite. So there is a need to refashion 'reading' as ability and encourage a suitable reading habit. Efforts for the same will make a more profound impact if started at the elementary level of education. As a remarkable endeavour to achieve this is the Reading Development Cell set up by National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT). The End-term Survey Report: Mathura Pilot Project 2012-2013 prepared by Early Literacy Programme, Department of Elementary Education, NCERT provides these details. “NCERT had set up a Reading Development Cell in the year 2007 under Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan with support of the Ministry of Human Resource Development. The creation of this Cell marked the beginning of a significant attempt to focus the attention of policy makers and curriculum designers all over the country on the pedagogy of reading in the early classes.” (p. iii, Report) The highpoint of this programme is that it “emphasizes on using children's literature in the classroom to provide children with an environment conducive to reading.” (p. iii, Report) This renewed focus on children's literature is noteworthy.

Item Type: Articles in APF Magazines
Authors: Paliwal, Anchala
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Uncontrolled Keywords: children's literature, Reading, Early Literacy Programme, Elementary Education,
Subjects: Language
Divisions: Azim Premji University > University Publications > Language and Language Teaching
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