First year reading
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This thesis will concern itself with first year reading, and it will have the following aims: 1. To examine the subject matter of first year reading in order to see what values the literature presuppose the child capable of controling and appreciating, to find a criterion for selecting subject matter for first year reading, and to criticise the values found in first year reading in view of the standard set up. 2. To consider the methods of mastering the symbols; to try to find the most natural method of approach and of strongest motivation; and to outline the steps by which the symbols may be mastered in their functional connection with the reading experience. 3. To study the nature of the child and how he assimilates the author's experience by means of reconstructing his own; to make a limited survey of recent experiments in the psychology of reading and to note some of its implications as to first year reading. 4. To consider the body and voice as the mechanism for the expression of the values of the writer to others and to indicate how these are trained for effective expression. 5. To consider the part the audience plays in teaching to read and to suggest some plans by which this much neglected element in effective oral reading may be secured.
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