ERIC Number: ED213024
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Nov
Reference Count: 0
The Iowa Plan Revisited: Ten Years Later.
Stahlschmidt, Agnes D.
To gain a longitudinal look at the censorship problem facing schools and librarians, an analysis was made of the 110 requests for reconsideration of library or instructional materials that were processed by the reconsideration committee of the Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Community Schools from January 1971 through May 1981. The school district has had a written selection policy and an established procedure for handling challenged materials since January 1971. The analysis revealed the following: (1) most of the reconsideration requests dealt with materials in use at the elmentary school level; (2) the two formats most often challenged were picture books and fiction; (3) the literary genre most often challenged over the years was contemporary realistic fiction; (4) the number of reconsideration requests has risen significantly since 1973; (5) usually, the challenged material was retained, however, 60% of the complaints involving alternative lifestyles resulted in the material being withdrawn from the library; (6) the nature of the complaints has remained relatively consistent over the years; and (7) the five factors identified as most significant in determining whether the material would be withdrawn were the material's depiction of sex and sexual activity, the appearance of sexism in the work, its depiction of established family traditions or of alternative lifestyles, and the level of the library. (FL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Iowa (Cedar Rapids)
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council of Teachers of English (71st, Boston, MA, November 20-25, 1981).