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ERIC Number: ED208384
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981
Pages: 10
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Elementary School Time Study.
Heller, Marvin; Lamberti, Joseph
Supporters of the "back to basics" movement have suggested that educators are spending more time on "nonessential" subjects and less time on the basic subjects of reading, writing, and mathematics. To test the validity of this belief, a study was conducted to determine the actual amount of time teachers were giving to each of the basic subjects in the elementary school curriculum. All elementary school teachers in one educational region in Iowa were asked to complete questionnaires that elicited information on grade level taught, classroom arrangement used, and the estimated amount of time devoted to each subject in the curriculum. The results indicated that primary grade teachers spent more time on instruction in the basic skills than did intermediate grade teachers, but the majority of that time was devoted to reading instruction. Intermediate grade teachers, however, spent more time on instruction in arithmetic and writing than did primary grade teachers. In general, the study revealed that teachers were not neglecting the basics. (FL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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