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Methods courses on content area reading instruction have been instrumental in helping teachers recognize the important role that this educational approach can play in developing their students' abilities to read. In particular, these courses have provided teachers with instructional gains in such forms as a better understanding of content area reading, a stronger background on the reading process, and specific teaching strategies (Wedman and Robinson, 1988). Nevertheless, it appears that many teachers are not taking advantage of the "naturally occurring opportunities in their classes" (Weber, Puleo, and Kurth, 1989, p. 42) to integrate content area reading into their daily teaching agendas.

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