Standards 2010: Standard 1

Foundational Knowledge

Candidates understand the theoretical and evidence-based foundations of reading and writing processes and instruction.

Foundational knowledge is at the core of preparing individuals for roles in the reading profession and encompasses the major theories, research, and best practices that share a consensus 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. Elements of the Foundational Knowledge Standard set expectations in the domains of theoretical and practical knowledge, and in developing dispositions for the active, ethical use of professional knowledge. Expectations are founded on the concept of a profession as both a technical and moral enterprise, that is, competent performance for the betterment of society.

The following are the major assumptions of the Standards 2010 Committee for developing this standard and its elements:

  • 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.
  • Knowledge in the reading field includes archival research-based knowledge and practical knowledge that reflects the wisdom of practice.
  • Members of a professional community develop the capacity to learn from experience and contemplate their own practices in systematic ways.
  • Knowledge represents the currently shared content of the reading field, subject to change over time as new knowledge and understandings are acquired.
Matrix of Elements of This Standard by Professional Roles
Research and Supporting Literature

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