ERIC Number: ED347559
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-May
Reference Count: N/A
Critical Analysis of a Distinctive Literature Curriculum. Elementary Subjects Center Series No. 55.
Cianciolo, Patricia J.; Quirk, Barbara
This paper analyzes the curriculum materials of the California Literature Program, a distinctive literature curriculum for grades K-6, in terms of how it addresses the critical/aesthetic approach. The paper notes that although a sequence of concepts, skills, and attitudes about literature in parts of the program can be identified, the organizing idea is one of literature as a tool or vehicle for developing concepts, skills, and attitudes about communication. The paper looks at the titles selected, the program's discussion of the characteristics of and range of possible responses and approaches to literature, and the type of pedagogical knowledge needed to implement the program. The paper evaluates the directions given regarding the selection of titles and types of enabling activities to be used, the questions teachers might ask students about their responses to the selections, and the focus teachers might encourage students to take during their written or oral discussions. Finally, the paper examines the specific techniques recommended for assessing students' progress in realizing the program goals and the development of their critical/aesthetic responses. (Nineteen references and an appendix of framing questions are attached.) (RS)
Descriptors: Curriculum Evaluation, Curriculum Research, Elementary Education, Instructional Innovation, Instructional Material Evaluation, Literature Appreciation, Reader Response, State Curriculum Guides
Center for the Learning and Teaching of Elementary Subjects, Institute for Research on Teaching, 252 Erickson Hall, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824-1034 ($7).
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Center for the Learning and Teaching of Elementary Subjects, East Lansing, MI.
Identifiers: Aesthetic Reading; California Literature Program