ERIC Number: ED335699
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: 0
Trends and Issues in English Instruction, 1991. Reports on Informal Annual Discussions of the Commissions of the National Council of Teachers of English.
Piazza, Stephen, Comp.; Suhor, Charles, Comp.
Information on current trends and issues in English instruction, compiled by the directors of six National Council of Teachers of English commissions, is presented in this report, the eighth annual report by the commissions. The commissions and their directors represented in the report are: (1) Commission on Reading (Patrick Shannon); (2) Commission on Composition (Sharon Crowley); (3) Commission on Language (Jesse Perry); (4) Commission on Literature (John Pfordresher); (5) Commission on Curriculum (Richard Adler); and (6) Commission on Media (Barbra Morris). Some of the subjects discussed in the report include concerns about the widespread increase of legislative actions regarding teaching, narrow concepts of literacy, current teaching practices in literature classrooms at all levels, cultural literacy and how it impedes the acquisition of literacy, writing instruction as a political act, the misuse of the term "whole language," appropriate use of computers in English classrooms, changing approaches to evaluation and assessment, active learning, teacher education, media education, media use in the schools, writing assessment and the politics thereof, language arts textbooks, the use of computers in the classroom, ability grouping, and local curriculum development. (SR)
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Educational Trends, Elementary Secondary Education, Language Arts, Literacy, Literature Appreciation, Mass Media Role, Mass Media Use, Minority Groups, Politics of Education, Postsecondary Education, Reading Instruction, Teacher Researchers, Whole Language Approach, Writing (Composition), Writing Evaluation, Writing Instruction
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Council of Teachers of English, Urbana, IL.
Identifiers: Educational Issues; Teacher Empowerment
Note: For the 1990 Trends and Issues Report, see ED 315 793.