ERIC Number: ED348649
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Networking as Community--The Nature of Curriculum: Whole Language.
Livingston, Carol; Taylor, Nancy
This paper considers the status and potential of researcher-practitioner collaboration toward higher literacy through a restructured curriculum based on the whole language philosophy. Specifically, it examines the status, contribution, and potential of the dialogue in a whole language topical session on the School Renewal Network, an electronic networking community of researchers and practitioners. The paper is organized into four sections corresponding to the following four focus questions: (1) What has happened thus far regarding whole language? (2) How has thinking and practice about reading and language instruction for students changed? What has been the effect on your colleagues and school? (3) What has been the effect on you, your school, and your colleagues in regard to whole language and participation in the network's interactive community? and (4) How can the network help you/your colleagues to improve literacy instruction and experience for students? In this regard, how could the research/practitioner community be strengthened? The first section presents descriptions of the six schools in the whole language group and a discussion of the development and current status of whole language in those schools to date. The second section describes in more detail the individual and institutional changes in each school. The third section describes the content of the papers distributed through the network and the nature of the participant interaction during a 2-day meeting. This section also presents testimony of the network's impact on the whole language group participants, their colleagues, and their schools. The fourth section integrates the major recommendations for research drawn up at the meeting with a brief review of the extant research literature on whole language organized around three major issues: a justification, documentation, and balance. A number of questions are then provided concerning development and change as they pertain to whole language. One table of data is included; 38 references, the focus questions, and six papers from the network are attached. (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Educational Issues; School Renewal Network; Teacher Researcher Cooperation
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, CA, April 20-24, 1992).