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ERIC Number: ED019198
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-Apr
Pages: 14
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BASAL READER PROGRAMS--HOW DO THEY STAND TODAY.
STAIGER, RALPH C.
THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE BASAL READER FROM ITS BEGINNINGS IN THE LATE 1700'S TO ITS STATUS IN THE GRADED SCHOOLS OF TODAY IS SURVEYED. THE MCGUFFEY READERS ARE CITED AS THE FIRST CAREFULLY GRADED SERIES OF ONE READER FOR EACH GRADE IN THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. SINCE THEN, CHANGES IN CONTENT, TYPOGRAPHY, IN QUANTITY AND QUALITY OF ILLUSTRATIONS, BINDING, AND IN SUPPLEMENTAL MATERIALS HAVE BEEN RADICAL. THE SCIENTIFIC STUDY OF READING AND THE MEASUREMENT OF READING ABILITY HAVE GIVEN RISE TO THE IMPORTANCE OF SILENT READING, THE TEACHER'S MANUAL, AND SUPPLEMENTARY SEATWORK MATERIALS. PRESENTLY, THE MOST TELLING CRITICISMS OF BASAL SYSTEMS CONCERN THE LACK OF INCORPORATION OF RESEARCH FINDINGS IN THEIR METHODOLOGY. FIFTEEN COUCLUSIONS ARE PRESENTED AS IMPORTANT INFLUENCES WHICH MAY SHAPE THE PRIMARY LEVEL BASIC READER PROGRAM OF THE FUTURE. QUESTIONS ARE POSED CONCERNING THE INFLUENCE OF HIGH SPEED TECHNOLGOY, COMPUTER-ASSISTED INSTRUCTION, AND TELEVISION UPON THE ADOPTION OF NEW IDEAS INTO BASAL READERS. REFERENCES ARE LISTED.
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