ERIC Number: ED211940
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: 0
Publishers' Responsibilities in Meeting the Continuing Challenge of Literacy. Literacy: Meeting the Challenge.
The sixth of eight related documents, this booklet is part of a series of papers presented at the 1978 National Right to Read Conference examining issues and problems in literacy. In examining the publisher's role in facilitating literacy, this booklet distinguishes between responsiveness to the express desires of schools and responsibility for the welfare and development of learners, arguing that publishers of educational materials fail to fulfil their responsibility in meeting the challenge of literacy, largely because they assess their performance by the reactions of teachers--whose inordinate dependency upon published materials obscures their judgment. After defining responsibility and the new challenge of literacy, the paper cites research to establish, first, the extent to which teachers depend upon published materials, and second, the discrepancy between their evaluation of materials and those elicited from learners. Arguing that the latter are in the best position to indicate the educational value of materials, it proposes that publishers have a responsibility to educate purchasers, to field test their formulas and the materials to implement them, and to collaborate on their experiences. The paper concludes by recommending modifications in a proposal that the publishing industry establish a university research center, including an extension of the center's functions. (HTH)
Descriptors: Educational Research, Educational Responsibility, Evaluation Methods, Instructional Materials, Literacy, Publishing Industry, Reading Instruction, Reading Materials, Research Needs, Textbook Selection
Superintendent of Documents, Government Printing Office, Washington, DC 20402.
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Right to Read Program.
Note: Paper presented at the National Right to Read Conference (Washington, DC, May 27-29, 1978). For related documents see ED 190 997 and CS 006 442-449.