ERIC Number: ED369055
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Trade Books Used in the Teaching of Reading.
Koals, Marie B.
A study identified a list of trade books that educators selected for use in their own classrooms and a list of factors that they considered to be the most important when selecting those books. Subjects, 486 educators who taught in grades 4, 5, or 6 in 45 public school districts and 15 private schools in southeastern Pennsylvania, identified two trade books they had selected and rated 26 factors as to their importance with respect to choosing trade books for classroom instruction. Results indicated that: (1) educators considered factors relating to the content of the book to be more important than the physical features; (2) they were aware that the subject matter should be of interest to the reader and at a level appropriate to the students' reading level and age; (3) they felt that their own review and reading of and materials used by their students was important; (4) students' age was rated as more important than their sex; (5) authors' names were rated as being of little importance; and (6) 88 books were chosen by more than three educators, and 208 were chosen by one or two respondents. Findings suggest that a wide variety of trade books are being chosen for teaching reading and that educators take the time to review and select books which will be appropriate for their classes. (Contains 10 references and two tables of data.) (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Pennsylvania; Trade Books
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Reading Conference (43rd, Charleston, SC, December 1-4, 1993).