Contributions to Philosophy, Psychology and Education Volume 8

Contributions to Philosophy, Psychology and Education Volume 8

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1900 edition. Excerpt: ...language serve the same purpose. The first step in teaching reading i-s to provide an experience out of which thought and its appropriate expression in printed form may arise. A mere class-room experience fixed up for the occasion and therefore artificial, may answer the purpose of the methods above mentioned. But it is not life, it is only playing at life. The process of learning to read must come into as necessary relations to the child's actual life as learning to talk. "The powers of speech and of understanding what is said, both come to a child by a process so simple and so natural that he is conscious of no effort to acquire them. The vital point is to so change the function of the eye that it will look upon written or printed characters, not as objects to be recognized for their own sake, but as directly calling into conscious being past experiences, and so becoming representatives of thought." ' " The teaching of reading is to be unconsciously, on the part of the pupils, an auxiliary to the development of thought; the difficulties of the written and printed word being overcome by the energy aroused by intrinsic thought. The presentation of the words and sentences at the proper moment will serve to enhance the thought itself, because the printed words are made a necessity and as such will react upon the mind and assist in mental action. When a sentence which has grown out of a child's investigations, and has been made by the child itself, appears upon the blackboard and is read by the child, this action cannot fail to continue and enhance the original thought."' The last assertion will read as truly if reversed, viz: the original thought and its necessity through experience can not fail more

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  • Paperback | 110 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 213g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236903609
  • 9781236903600