ERIC Number: ED348645
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-May
Reference Count: N/A
Creating a Literate Environment for Learning Social Studies Content.
King, Caryn M.
A study examined the extent to which literacy tasks were emphasized within a fourth-grade social studies classroom. Subjects, 21 fourth-grade students and their teacher at a private K-8 elementary school located in an urban area of the east, were observed over a 7-week period as they conducted a thematic unit on liberty. Data included audiotapings of the lessons, field notes, and interviews. Results indicated that: (1) non-fictional texts on liberty were used instead of a textbook; (2) when students read, it was most often an independent, silent activity; (3) listening played an important function in the classroom; (4) students were provided the opportunity to elaborate on their understandings of liberty rather than just recall information; and (5) student writing in the classroom served as a means for displaying acquired subject matter knowledge. Findings suggest that language was viewed as an integral part of the learning process in this classroom. (One figure of data is included; 29 references are attached.) (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Reading Behavior; Writing Contexts
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Reading Association (37th, Orlando, FL, May 3-8, 1992).