ERIC Number: ED225196
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Quest For Quality: Improving Basic Skills Instruction in the 1980s.
Parkay, Forrest W., Ed.; And Others.
Intended for educational practitioners interested in basic skills instruction, the papers in the first section of this volume detail the progress that has been made in classroom research during the past decade and discusses three characteristics of effective teaching--teacher expectations, active teaching, and classroom management. The second section reviews several points of agreement and disagreement in writing research and practice and makes recommendations for changes in writing instruction. The third section details a specific agenda for the improvement of mathematics instruction. Section 4 offers three principles accepted by most reading educators and then posits three statements of need that ought to guide reading instructors. Next, recommendations are made that teachers change their questioning strategies and instruction in vocabulary and comprehension skills and that they become more active in modeling and providing feedback to learners. Discussion is also given to teaching reading to language minority students. The evolution of oral communication as a basic skill is discussed in the fifth section, and recommendations are made for improving oral communication research and instruction. The sixth section outlines the roles that the federal and state governments should assume in the basic skills movement in the 1980's. The final section asserts that teachers can influence publishers and presents criteria for the selection of materials. (HOD)
Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Southwest Texas State Univ., San Marcos. Center for the Study of Basic Skills.
Note: Proceedings of the National Leadership Conference on Basic Skills (San Marcos, TX, January 7-8, 1982).