ERIC Number: ED381542
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Nov-10
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Attitudes and Perceptions Expressed by Teachers across the State of Mississippi toward the Whole Language Approach to Teaching Reading.
Hall, Anita H.; Napier, Lee; Houston-Coleman, Marilyn
This study examined the attitudes and perceptions of teachers using the whole language approach to teaching reading with those of teachers using the basal approach. Specifically, attitudes were compared based on teachers' instructional selection, district mandates, and personal demographics. Data on attitudes and opinions concerning the teaching of reading using the whole language approach were obtained from 156 elementary school teachers across the state of Mississippi. The data were examined in terms of the respondent's basic classification variables, which included age, teaching experience, educational qualifications, experience in teaching whole language, experience utilizing the basal approach, reason for teaching, and educational content area. The results indicated that the elementary teachers, whether electively using whole language, or mandated by the various school districts, overwhelmingly supported the use of the whole language approach to teaching reading as compared to the basal approach. (Contains 16 references.) (Author/JB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-South Educational Research Association (November 10, 1994).