ERIC Number: ED262396
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-May
Reference Count: 0
Usefulness of Context Clues as Determined by an Analysis of Basal Reading Series and Methodology Textbooks.
McFeely, Donald C.; Elliott, Joan
A study was designed to determine if the classifications and definitions of context clues suggested in ten reading methods textbooks were used in three basal reading series. The method textbook analyses provided 27 different context clues. The analysis of the basal reading series--D. C. Heath (1983), Ginn (1984), and Scott, Foresman (1983)--showed that they did not specify any particular classification of context clue. The D. C. Heath series did teach homophones, homographs, and idioms through the use of context. A great many of the activities required the student to use experience to complete a thought. Concerning quantity, Scott, Foresman was ahead with 364 contextual activities, followed by D. C. Heath with 189 activities and Ginn with 75 activities. However, Scott, Foresman categorizes vocabulary introduction activities as vocabulary in context. (HOD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Reading Association (30th, New Orleans, LA, May 5-9, 1985).