ERIC Number: ED332169
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-May-16
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LEA--Language Experience Approach: Who Uses It?
A descriptive study determined the extent to which the language experience approach (LEA) is used in the kindergarten and first grades of six northwest Bergen County, New Jersey, school districts. Anonymous surveys were mailed to all kindergarten and first-grade teachers in these districts. Forty-five (63%) of the surveys were returned. Results indicated that: (1) the basal reader is still the primary instructional tool of the respondents; (2) 60% of the respondents use class-dictated LEA methods always or often in their programs; (3) teachers with zero to five years of experience placed the least emphasis on the basal reader, the most emphasis on LEA, big books, trade books, and poems, and are apt to use writing-as-process more than any other group except those teachers with more than 21 years of service; (4) writing frequency is greater among the less experienced teachers, and daily writing is significantly greater among the LEA teachers than among non-LEA teachers; (5) for the most part, teachers within any given district used similar programs; and (6) teachers in the Pesce Northern Valley District survey moved more toward whole language across the board than this group. (Seven tables of data are included; 31 references, the survey cover letter, and the survey instrument are attached.) (RS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Childrens Writing; New Jersey; New Jersey (Bergen County); Teacher Surveys
Note: Requirement for an M.A. in Reading, William Patterson College.