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ERIC Number: ED177601
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979-Nov
Pages: 24
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American Literature as It Is Taught: A Report of a Regional and National Survey of Colleges and Universities.
Tomlinson, David
Based on data drawn from a survey of English department chairpersons, a profile was constructed of the typical two-year college in the southeastern United States in its teaching of American literature. The data revealed that the typical school had a small number of students enrolled in American literature survey courses and that teachers tended to be traditional in their methods of course organization and conservative in their use of a syllabus. The course offered at a typical two-year school contrasted with that offered at near-by four-year schools in several respects, including testing; yet, in the overall picture, these differences were rather minor. The two types of schools agreed on which values should be stressed and on which texts should be used and no differences were found in the institutional goals of the two types of schools. Comments from teachers at the two-year schools showed that they were concerned about the image of the American literature survey and of their schools; however, they did not agree on where the program in American literature stands in relation to programs offered in four-year schools. (FL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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