ERIC Number: ED191085
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977
Reference Count: 0
Special Report on the English Language Arts.
Freeman, Lawrence D.
This report, based on statistics gathered from the first statewide census of Illinois public secondary school course offerings, enrollments, and cocurricular activities, focuses on English language arts courses. Among the highlights from the report are the following: (1) Illinois junior and senior high schools typically rely on general, grade specific courses to provide instruction in English language arts; (2) in senior high schools, 50% of all enrollments are in grade specific courses, with courses in literature, writing and reading accounting for an additional 43% of enrollments in English courses; (3) speech and theatre courses account for 12% of all enrollments in English courses; and (4) the data suggest that Illinois junior and senior high schools need to undertake more extensive efforts in remedial work in English, in literary and theatrical studies, and in advanced studies in English if the goals of the state board of education are to be realized. The report also discusses the state board of education's goals and policies in the areas of reading and writing, gifted education, and arts in education; the future for English curricula in Illinois secondary schools; a comparison of state and national survey data (the latter drawn from Arthur N. Applebee's "Survey of Teaching Conditions in English"); and hypotheses for further research. The census data in tabular form are appended. (AEA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Illinois State Board of Education, Springfield.