ERIC Number: ED035629
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968
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Contemporary Novels and Plays in the Senior High School Curriculum.
Doran, James Patrick, Sr.
This study was concerned with the attitudes and practices of high school English teachers regarding the use of contemporary literature in their classrooms. Data were obtained from the completed questionnaires of 58 randomly selected New Jersey English teachers. It was determined that 95% of the teachers favor using contemporary works, that the works actually being taught are primarily American and English, that most teachers make extensive use of the mass media in teaching contemporary works, and that most teachers rely on paperbacks rather than on anthologies. A majority of teachers do not incorporate contemporary works into units, but they do parallel the study of classics and contemporary works. The responses showed that no specific grade level or type of class is selected for the study of contemporary literature; however, 49 teachers indicated that they use the works for small groups within a class. Despite such problems as controversial themes, budgeting, and censorship which contribute to the neglect of contemporary works, 55 of the 58 respondents are teaching the works which they believe should be taught. (Author/DB)
Descriptors: Contemporary Literature, Drama, English Curriculum, English Instruction, English Literature, Literature, Novels, Secondary Education, Teacher Attitudes, Teaching Methods, Twentieth Century Literature, United States Literature
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Note: Ed.D. Dissertation, Rutgers, The State University