This article addresses the International Reading Association’s foundational knowledge requirement that educators recognize historical antecedents to contemporary reading methods and materials. The historical overview presented here highlights the ineffective methods and restrictive materials that have been discarded and the progress that has been made in the development of more effective and inclusive reading materials. In addition, tributes are paid to seldom-recognized innovators whose early efforts to improve reading instruction for their own students resulted in important change still evident in materials used today.
Barry, A. (2008). Reading the Past: Historical Antecedents to Contemporary Reading Methods and Materials. Reading Horizons, 49 (1). Retrieved from http://scholarworks.wmich.edu/reading_horizons/vol49/iss1/4