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ERIC Number: ED257078
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
Pages: 26
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Reference Count: 0
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Trends in Written Composition Instruction in Elementary School Textbooks 1900-1959.
Donsky, Barbara von Bracht
A study examined composition textbooks to determine any trends in composition instruction from 1900 to 1959. The study period was divided into three periods--1900 to 1917, 1918 to 1935, and 1936 to to 1959--and three textbooks from each period were content analyzed. A categorical framework was formulated, permitting allocation of tasks found withing each volume into one of 12 categories, each depicting a separate facet of English language instruction. Trend analysis was performed for all 12 categories to test whether changes had occurred in the amount of time allocated each aspect of language instruction. Ascending linear trends in the data revealed increased amounts of time allocated both to oral language activities unrelated to writing and to related skills. Descending linear trends reflected decreased amounts of instructional time allocated to such facets of writing instruction as modeling, oral prewriting strategies, word development, letter writing, and prose writing. No significant changes were recorded for sentence construction, paragraph development, or grammar, all of which remained relatively constant throughout the 60-year interval. The majority of categories reflecting declining trends pertained to the written word. Oral language exercises, though not necessarily those linked to writing, were increasingly favored. (HTH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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