ERIC Number: ED210644
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Oct
Reference Count: 0
What Influences a Teacher in Providing Reading Instruction: A Research View.
Moore, Jesse C.
To determine what influences a teacher in providing reading instruction requires surveying more than one body of literature. It is important to note that the findings of any study are shaped by the questions that are asked and by the methods used to answer them. Although a large amount of research demonstrates overwhelmingly that teachers can acquire a variety of instructional skills and that various program formats can facilitate their development, these studies do not indicate the best way for developing a particular behavior. Only a small amount of research has attempted to identify and compare the range of things which influence how reading is taught. To determine the range of experiences that influence reading teachers, one study analyzed descriptions using an open-ended critical incident technique. The study concluded that almost anything that occurs in a reading classroom has the potential for influencing a teacher's attitude or behavior. Also, it may be that teachers are more influenced by events that happen by chance during daily school activities than by those that are planned as part of a formal training program. Reading education programs should provide high-impact, immediate-feedback situations since research has shown that these situations influence reading teachers the most. By following this procedure, programs stand a better chance of having an effect upon teacher attitudes and actions, which in turn positively affect a child's reading achievement. (HOD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the College Reading Association (Louisville, KY, October 29-31, 1981).