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ERIC Number: ED307594
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Mar-27
Pages: 20
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The Selective Tradition: Does It Exist in the Contemporary Elementary Classroom?
Jipson, Janice A.; Paley, Nicholas
To explore in-service elementary teachers' selection of children's literature and the factors influencing that selection, a study surveyed 55 public and independent elementary teachers (K-7) from urban, suburban, and rural settings in Massachusetts, Oregon, and Wisconsin about their recent experiences in selecting children's books for use in their classrooms during the 1987-1988 school year. Teachers completed written surveys identifying (1) three children's books they had used as part of their students' educational programs during the past year; (2) the books' authors; (3) the books' main characters; (4) reasons for the selection of each book; and (5) the number of years of teaching experience and current grade level taught. Findings revealed that teachers' selection of children's literature resulted from the appropriateness of the text within a larger instructional unit; personal preference for the book because of the story, author, illustrations, or award-winning status; and recognition of gender, race, and ethnicity as important elements in the book. Findings confirm that a "selective tradition" in teachers' choices (in which teachers select books that reflect their own cultural values) still exists. (Seven references are attached.) (MM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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