ERIC Number: ED334562
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Is Newer Necessarily Improved? Findings from a Systematic Investigation of the 1979 and 1986 Editions of a Basal Reading Program. Technical Report No. 538.
Meyer, Linda A.; And Others
A study examined the differences between new and old editions of basal reading programs. Two editions, 1979 and 1986, of the Houghton Mifflin basal reading program for first grade were analyzed. Results indicated that there were substantial differences in both decoding and comprehension activities, and in the stories children read. The newer program also appeared to reflect findings from recent research on teacher effectiveness. In addition, a comparison of stories and lessons that appear in both editions revealed shortened text and guidelines for fewer teacher-directed questions about the stories. Results are discussed in light of J.S. Chall's earlier findings in a study where lower student performance in reading was related to reduced content changes in basal readers. (Five tables of data and 8 figures are included; 17 references and 1 appendix of decoding and comprehension categories are attached.) (Author/PRA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Illinois Univ., Urbana. Center for the Study of Reading.; Bolt, Beranek and Newman, Inc., Cambridge, MA.
Identifiers: Editions; Houghton Mifflin Reading Series; Text Factors
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