Finding the plot in South African reading education

Reading & Writing

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Title Finding the plot in South African reading education
Creator Rule, Peter Land, Sandra
Subject Education; Adult Education Reading; teaching; comprehension; oratorical reading
Description This article argues that we have lost the plot in South African reading education. To find it, we need to move beyond the predominant mode of reading as oral performance, where the emphasis is on accuracy and pronunciation, to reading as comprehension of meaning in text. While reading research in South Africa has been conducted mainly in school contexts, this case study is of a school and Adult Basic Education and Training Centre in a rural KwaZulu-Natal community near Pietermaritzburg. It found that an oratorical approach to reading dominated in both settings. It suggests that developing the way in which teachers understand the teaching of reading and transforming the teaching practices of those who teach as they were taught in the education system of the apartheid era are key to improving the teaching of reading.
Publisher AOSIS Publishing
Contributor N/A
Date 2017-09-07
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion — Case study
Format text/html application/epub+zip text/xml application/pdf
Identifier 10.4102/rw.v8i1.121
Source Reading & Writing; Vol 8, No 1 (2017); 8 pages 2308-1422 2079-8245
Language eng
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Coverage KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa 2011-2013 Primary school teachers and learners; adult centre teachers and learners; male and female; Zulu-speaking
Rights Copyright (c) 2017 Peter Rule, Sandra Land