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Analysis of Educational Course and the Foundational Knowledge Standard

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The Foundational Knowledge Standard involves preparing individuals for roles in the reading profession and encompasses the major theories, research, and best practices that share an agreement of acceptance in the reading field. Individuals who enter the reading profession should understand the historically shared knowledge of the profession and develop the capacity to act on that knowledge responsibly. (IRA Standards, 2010). This semester I really learned how I could develop the capacity to learn from my previous experiences and contemplate my own practices in systematic ways to benefit students rigor. Based on several decades of cognitive science research on human learning, knowledge is domain specific and contextualized. Social experience and context play a role in the construction and development of knowledge (IRA Standards, 2010). Knowledge in the reading field includes archival research-based knowledge and practical knowledge that reflects the wisdom of practice. Knowledge represents the currently shared content of the reading field, subject to change over time as new knowledge and understandings are acquired. This is what drives educators into having their own philosophies of teaching. Each educator develops his/her own capacity to learn from experiences and contemplates their own practices in systematic ways. It wasn't until the numerous experiences I had in a multitude of classrooms, during my undergraduate, that I was able to construct my own philosophy of teaching and abide by it.
Foundational knowledge, both related to ideas about how things work or why they happen, and evidence-based/research-based foundations are of key importance because they are the building blocks on which reading pedagogy is based and are n...

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...ferentiated to meet the needs of individual children and for children sharing a variety of group characteristics” (IRA Standards, 2010). We can do this through professional development activities as well as individual and practical reading support for educators. Research has shown that teaching quality is one of the most important factors in raising student achievement. For teachers and school and district leaders to be as effective as possible, they continually expand their knowledge and skills to implement the best educational practices. Effective professional learning is grounded in research related to adult learning and organizational change as well as research on reading acquisition, development, assessment, and instruction (IRA Standards, 2010). Creating and maintaining professional learning has many implications and applications for reading professionals.
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