Some Questions and Answers About Whole Language Is whole language a teaching method? No, whole language is a philosophy, or a set of beliefs or principles about how people learn. There are many teaching methods, strategies, and curricula that are consistent with whole language principles, but the activities and methods are only interpretations of the underlying philosophy. ... Clinical Consult
Clinical Consult  |   September 01, 1992
Some Questions and Answers About Whole Language
 
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  • Janet A. Norris, PhD
    Louisiana State University, Dept. COMD, 163 M&DA Building, Baton Rouge, LA 70803-2606
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Development / Normal Language Processing / Language Disorders / Reading & Writing Disorders / Attention, Memory & Executive Functions / Clinical Consult
Clinical Consult   |   September 01, 1992
Some Questions and Answers About Whole Language
American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, September 1992, Vol. 1, 11-14. doi:10.1044/1058-0360.0104.11
 
American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, September 1992, Vol. 1, 11-14. doi:10.1044/1058-0360.0104.11
Is whole language a teaching method?
No, whole language is a philosophy, or a set of beliefs or principles about how people learn. There are many teaching methods, strategies, and curricula that are consistent with whole language principles, but the activities and methods are only interpretations of the underlying philosophy.
What are some of these underlying principles or beliefs?
Whole language views learning as an active, constructive process in which the individual acquires knowledge by participating in complex, meaningful experiences. An increasingly more complete and refined understanding of both world knowledge and logical systems, such as language, emerges from these experiences. So the process of active participation, problem solving, and use of existing knowledge and systems in a meaningful and purposeful context is viewed as the mechanism for additional learning and refinement.
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