ERIC Number: ED236550
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Mar
Reference Count: 0
What To Do Till the Book Salesmen Come or Making Basal Reader Adoptions Work.
Norby, Janet R.
When elementary school teachers serve on a committee to select a new basal reader program, they must represent their school's unique needs. To develop their awareness, the selection committee should address such questions as: What kind of program improvements are teachers hoping to get? What kind of articulation will be needed between this program and a succeeding one? What is the district policy on reading? What are the community values with regard to reading? What type of program has the staff been teaching and for how long have they been teaching it? What are the overall characteristics of the students for whom the program is intended? and What general conclusions do test data suggest? By the time a final selection of a reading program nears, the teachers will have developed a rationale for making a change. Then the committee has to answer a second set of questions on the changes required by the new program and the impact of these changes on various groups. Such questions might include the following: How will this selection improve the program? Will there be a consistency with what the students have learned in the old program? Will teachers need retraining? How expensive will this program be to maintain? How will this program affect parents? and Do faculty members believe that they have had adequate participation in the change of program? By answering these questions, teachers may significantly increase general satisfaction with their basal reader selection. (HOD)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Far West Regional Conference of the International Reading Association (9th, Spokane/Seattle, WA, March 17-19, 1983).