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ERIC Number: ED250681
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967
Pages: 114
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
The Role of English Teachers and Librarians in Book Selection.
Burress, Lee A., Jr.
As a result of a joint concern over the issues of book selection and censorhip, the National Council of Teachers of English and the American Association of School Librarians distributed a questionnaire in the spring of 1964 to 1,600 secondary schools, half going to chairpersons of English departments and half to school librarians. Approximately equal numbers of each group responded, with a total of 610 of the questionnaires returned. Of those, 20.3% indicated that the school had received objections to books during the previous year and a half. Data indicated that objections to books or magazines came from a wide variety of sources. More startling was the large number of objections that stemmed from school personnel at all levels; some 42% of objections reported arose in this way. About one-third of teachers' objections, 15% of parents' objections, and 44% of administrators' objections were to the "suitability" of books. The largest single group of specific charges against books resulted from references to sex; only 8% of the objections rested on ideological grounds. It was also found that objections that came from within the school were more likely to result in the removal or restriction of a book than were the objections made by external critics. Evidence suggested that the presence of a policy for book selection did increase the ability to resist censorship. However, book selection practices emphasized stocking school libraries with older rather than more recent titles. (HOD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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