ERIC Number: ED041890
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969
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Linguistic Influences on Elementary Spelling Programs in Twenty Northeast Texas Schools.
Miles, James L.
The purpose of this study was twofold: (1) to examine the linguistic influences of each of the five elementary spelling series currently used in Texas and (2) to describe the elementary spelling programs in 20 selected school districts. A check list was developed which reflected textbook linguistic influence, and a questionnaire covering familiarity with inductive teaching methods and the linguistic approach to spelling instruction was used in interviews with at least one administrator and two faculty members of each school district. Findings revealed that (1) the linguistic approach in spelling instruction was increasingly emphasized, (2) some textbook companies were slow to incorporate linguistics into their spelling series, (3) a significant lack of coordination existed among administrators and teachers concerning spelling instruction, (4) some school districts had no standardized spelling program, (5) a majority of school districts provided no spelling curriculum guides, and (6) supervision and in-service linguistics training were available in only a few school districts. It was concluded that improvement in curriculum guides, textbook materials, in-service linguistic training, and standardized spelling programs was necessary. (Author/JMC)
Descriptors: Curriculum Guides, Elementary Education, Inservice Teacher Education, Instructional Materials, Language Instruction, Linguistics, Program Evaluation, Spelling, Spelling Instruction, Teaching Methods, Textbook Content, Textbook Evaluation
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Note: Ph.D. Dissertation, East Texas State University