A Proper Understanding of K–12 Education:

Theory and Practice

"Learning to Read and Write: Phonics and Handwriting"

Overview

Over the course of the 20th century, phonics instruction was largely rejected and replaced with other methods. Yet, to create a skilled reader, teachers must guide their students from the decoding of single characters to comprehending complex sentences. Explicit phonics instruction is essential for achieving this educational goal.

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Daniel B. Coupland is Associate Professor of Education at Hillsdale College. After earning a B.A. from Liberty University in 1994, he taught high school until finishing his M.A. at Oakland University in 1999. From then until earning his Ph.D. from Michigan State University in 2003 he was an instructor at the same institution. He was then an assistant professor at Saginaw Valley State University until coming to Hillsdale in 2006.