ERIC Number: ED366923
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Whole Language and Basal Readers.
A study explored the nature of whole language as compared to the basal program for the years 1990-1991 and 1991-1992. The samples of pupils involved were from the eight elementary schools, housing grades kindergarten through grade five, in East Brunswick, New Jersey. The students have been instructed for many years in the basal approach. Since September, 1992, both the basal approach and the whole language approach have been used. The California Test of Basic Skills was administered in the spring of 1991 and 1992. The children follow a formal language arts curriculum to prepare for the test, covering specific objectives and skills. Results indicated no significant differences in the mean scores between basal and whole language samples. Findings suggest that, even though educators differ in their opinions of the two approaches, a combination of the two approaches may be the best way to meet the needs of all students. (Two tables of data are included; 33 references are attached.) (Author/RS)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: California Test of Basic Skills; East Brunswick School District NJ
Note: M.A. Thesis, Kean College. Poor reproducibility due to broken print.