Pub. date: 2010 | Online Pub. Date: February 22, 2010 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412957403 | Print ISBN: 9781412956642 | Online ISBN: 9781412957403| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Phonics is considered by many as one of the most controversial topics in the field of reading. By definition, phonics is the collection of instructional approaches designed to teach children the connection between letters and sounds. Phonics plays an essential role in the teaching of reading. The historical role of phonics in the teaching of reading has been referred to as a pendulum, swinging back and forth from one extreme to the other. Phonics is an integral aspect of the teaching of reading, but the form it has taken and its emphasis have changed dramatically. This entry is intended to illuminate the history, current theories, and controversy surrounding the role of phonics in the teaching of reading. A great deal of confusion exists in the field concerning the interconnected nature of certain key terms. Phonological awareness refers to the sound structure of language, of which there are many aspects. phonemic ...