ERIC Number: ED195931
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Dec
Reference Count: 0
Research and Practices in Comprehension Instruction in Elementary Classrooms.
Kurth, Ruth Justine; Greenlaw, M. Jean
A study was undertaken to describe the comprehension instruction that occurs during formal reading classes in elementary schools. Sixteen kindergarten through sixth grade teachers were observed during 48 hours of reading instruction over a three-day period. Nine specific categories of comprehension and six general categories of reading instruction were coded by four observers. The results indicated that 32% of formal instructional time was spent in comprehension instruction; 35% in phonics and structural analysis; 8% in silent reading; 4% in oral reading; and 19% in noninstructional and transitional activities. During comprehension instruction, teachers spent the majority of time assessing comprehension, checking comprehension assignments, and using comprehension application activities. The findings support previous work which concluded that very little direct instruction of comprehension is done in elementary school classrooms. (Author/FL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Reading Conference (1st, Sarasota, FL, December 4-6, 1980).