What’s Driving the Trend Away from Reading in Content Areas?

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The ED Pulse poll this week focused on a question raised by a book recently published by ASCD, Teaching Reading in the Content Areas. In this book, the authors, Urquhart and Frazee, identify a movement away from teaching reading and writing skills in content-area classrooms. ED Pulse asked ASCD SmartBrief readers their opinion on what is driving this trend.

Readers reported lack of instructional time/overstuffed curriculum (40%) and not enough teacher training on how to teach these skills (36%) were the primary reasons for this development. At a secondary level, readers reported  a perceived lack of relevance to content-area classrooms (15%). Very few selected a lack of collaboration among departments (6%) as a reason for the movement away from teaching reading and writing skills in content-area classrooms.

This survey question was included in ASCD SmartBrief, a daily education news roundup e-newsletter, which has 217,000 subscribers. Using ED Pulse, the weekly online poll, data was collected from 749 readers, starting on September 13, 2012. Online surveys do not provide a random sample, as participants are self-selected, meaning that a margin of sampling error cannot be calculated or quoted. In addition, the population and sample are limited to those with access to computers and an online network. However, online surveys have been shown to produce results that have proven to be reliable predictors of outcomes, including election results.

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