ERIC Number: ED281191
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Types of Literature Found in Children's Basal Readers.
A study examined three different basal reading series (MacMillan, Harcourt-Brace, and Scott Foresman) at four different levels for the types of stories found in the readers, as well as for acts of reading portrayed in the stories. Subjects, 12 second grade students at a New Jersey elementary school, completed a teacher-constructed inventory on the basal readers they were currently using. Data analysis showed that contemporary stories appeared most frequently, followed by folk tales, while fairy tales appeared least in the books examined. In all three basal series, contemporary stories became more prevalent as the grade level progressed. Total acts of reading portrayed in the stories constitute less than 10%, and usually showed people or animals reading signs. While the students seemed to enjoy reading in the basal series that they used, an apparent mismatch was found between the types of stories found in the readers and the types of stories the students preferred. (A section on related research and tables of data are appended.) (NKA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: M.A. Thesis, Kean College of New Jersey.