ERIC Number: ED393064
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Understanding Attitudes of Educators toward Content Area Reading in the Early Elementary Grades.
Grierson, Sirpa T.; Daniel, Larry G.
A study examined the attitudes of educators toward content area reading in the early elementary grades. A self-report survey instrument called the Attitudes Toward Content Area Reading (ATCAR) was developed to measure educators' attitudes and to ascertain whether there were different theoretical orientations of educators relative to content area reading theory. Q-technique factor analysis was used on an unstructured Q-sort to investigate whether respondents could be clustered into groups or prototypes from the data collected from the ATCAR. Three groups of respondents were surveyed including 15 content area experts, 15 inservice teachers, and 25 preservice teachers. Results indicated that identifiable clusters of prototypical individuals are apparent. These include those who appear to view content area reading ranging from a theoretical orientation closely allied with a skills approach of learning to read to those who indicate a tendency toward viewing content area reading as part of a whole language approach stressing reading-to-learn. (Contains 50 references, and 3 tables and 1 figure of data.) (Author/RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Self Report Measures; Teacher Surveys
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-South Educational Research Association (Biloxi, MS, November 8-10, 1995).