ERIC Number: ED039399
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967-Mar
Reference Count: 0
The Teaching of Literature. Report of the U. S. National Committee for the International Educational Achievement Literature Project.
Purves, Alan; Dill, Nancy
As part of an international study of students' achievement in literature, a thorough analysis was made of 23 current books, curricula, and reports, concerning the teaching of literature, to determine the pedagogical objectives pursued and the kinds of literature being taught in secondary schools in the United States. From these sources, a number of general and specific objectives were identified and classified under 24 categories of content and 20 categories of behavior. The degree of emphasis given to the various content-behavior objectives was then determined. (This document includes (1) definitions of the 24 areas of literature-course content--divided into literary works, literary history, literary theory, and cultural information--and the 20 areas of behavior objectives--generally divided into recall, recognition, application of knowledge to and personal engagement with literature, (2) over 30 pages of sample test items, classified according to behavior and content and illustrating the nature of the objectives, and (3) the matrix used to indicate the emphases given to objectives found in the sources.) See also ED 033 636, ED 034 290, and ED 034 300 for other reports on the International Project for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement. (JB)
Descriptors: Behavioral Objectives, Course Content, Cultural Background, Educational Objectives, English Instruction, Literary Criticism, Literary Discrimination, Literary Genres, Literary History, Literature, National Competency Tests, Objective Tests, Performance Criteria, Recall (Psychology), Recognition, Secondary Education, Student Attitudes, Student Reaction
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: Chicago Univ., IL.; International Project for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement, Hamburg (West Germany).