The apprenticeship of reading

  • John Downing


Thus speaks an old Chinese proverb. Its wisdom is the basis of the conception of apprenticeship. Listening and watching are not enough to make a skilled craftsman. It is essential that the learner tries his own hand at the skilled activity. This is true of any skill, from carpentry to surgery. Of course, doing is not all that goes into the apprenticeship process. As well as doing there is an awareness of the doing. The learner reasons about how he can improve his performance and he uses judgment to evaluate the feedback that he gets from the results of his own activities. Another influence on the learner’s skill development is the master craftsman to whom he is apprenticed. This master is his model and his guide.


Reading Skill Literacy Skill Road Safety Silent Reading Skilled Craftsman 
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© John Downing 1979

Authors and Affiliations

  • John Downing
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  1. 1.University of VictoriaCanada

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