ERIC Number: ED300795
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
Two Reactions to the Report Card on Basal Readers--The Basalization of America: A Cause for Concern and An Attack on Basal Readers for the Wrong Reasons. Arena Debate in Print Series No. 1.
Weaver, Constance; Groff, Patrick
The publication of the "Report Card on Basal Readers" has generated a wide range of reactions and this first document issued in the ARENA series focuses on two of these reactions. The two reactions articulated in this debate represent opposite responses to the "Report." The first section, by Constance Weaver, examines first the philosophy implicit in basal series, its ramifications, and its out-of-date research base, and then argues that basal publishers should revise their materials to reflect advances in knowledge about how children learn to read. The second section, by Patrick Groff, offers a critique of the "Report Card" by asking whether it is more or less likely that the reading program that it proposes will bring on greater achievement in reading for children than can the typical basal system. The two debaters then respond to one another's essays and, in the final section, offer conclusions. Ninety-one references are appended. (MS)
Descriptors: Basal Reading, Elementary Education, Reading Attitudes, Reading Comprehension, Reading Materials, Textbook Content
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Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Reading and Communication Skills, Bloomington, IN.