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ERIC Number: ED131927
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1976-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Observing Children Learning to Read.
Raban, Bridie; And Others
This paper reports a technique for classroom observation of children's activities considered relevant to the acquisition of reading. It is part of a larger study conducted by the University of Bristol called the "Children Learning to Read" Project, an attempt to study the learning experiences of individual children as they occur in a variety of schools. The method is to explore the interaction between oral language ability, relevant preschool experience and initial motivation with respect to reading; range and types of texts and insturctional materials; and relative emphasis on timing in strategies of teachers concerned in the initial stages of reading instruction. The sample is 20 infant-school children. Observations take the form of a running record of an individual child's activities during a complete morning once every month over a two-year period. The record is designed to yield an account of the different activities engaged in and the amount of time spent on each; and a detailed description of significant aspects of these activities. A coding system is developed for recording relevant information. Results are in the form of prose records and fully-coded time distribution records. Appendixed is a portion of one observation to illustrate the precise form. (Author/MS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Social Science Research Council, London (England).
Authoring Institution: Bristol Univ. (England). School of Education.
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Bristol)