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Many teacher education programs offer a course on content area reading which is required for certification by some states (Farrell and Cirrincione, 1984). However, as discussed by authors (e.g., Memory, 1983; Ratekin, Simpson, and Alvermann, Dishner, 1985; Stewart and O'Brien, 1989), preservice teachers generally do not see a need for content reading instruction. This attitude results from a range of factors, from student perception of limited opportunities for incorporating reading instruction into restricted time blocks at the secondary level (Stewart and O'Brien, 1989) to questions about the philosophy of and rationale behind such a course (Memory, 1983).

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