A History of Holistic Literacy: Five Major Educators

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Praeger, Jan 1, 1994 - Education - 165 pages

As one of the few books on the history and philosophy of American elementary school education, Cavanaugh's work examines the pioneering careers of Francis Wayland Parker, John Dewey, Rudolph Steiner, Hughes Mearns, and Laura Zirbes. Finding the basic framework for current fashionable trends in education like the Whole Language and Process Writing Movement, Cavanaugh shows how educators came to these ideas over 100 years ago. After presenting the five biographies, Cavanaugh goes on to explain how children learn to read and write; what kinds of schools foster this learning; the roles of teachers, students, and parents; and the important tools of grading, evaluation, and assessment. In all these areas there are important lessons to learn from the past.

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Children as Children and Children as Learners
How They Learn to Read and
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M. P. CAVANAUGH was a high school English teacher until she began teaching courses on Reading and Writing across the Curriculum and Children's Literature and Language Arts at the college level. She is Assistant Professor in the Department of Education at John Carroll University in Ohio. Her current research interests are in ESL and the history of bilingual education.

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