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ERIC Number: ED315754
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989
Pages: 54
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Teaching Literature in Elementary School: A Report of a Project on the Elementary School Antecedents of Secondary School Literature Instruction. Report Series 1.3.
Walmsley, Sean A.; Walp, Trudy P.
A study investigated how elementary teachers use literature in their classrooms, focusing on what instructional philosophies drive elementary literature programs; elementary teachers' knowledge of children's literature; and which books are being read to children and which books they are reading on their own, so that their "literary" knowledge can be ascertained. Seventy-four subjects--46 classroom teachers; 15 reading, special education and gifted and talented specialists; 5 librarians; and 8 administrators from 6 schools in Albany, New York, two each from urban, suburban, and rural settings--were interviewed. Lists of books, school or districtwide policy, individual teachers' weekly schedules for language arts activities, and student writing samples were also analyzed. Results indicated that: (1) the subjects expressed a strong belief in the importance of literature in the elementary curriculum; (2) reading aloud to students was the most widely used activity for involving elementary students in literature, followed by independent reading by students and by guided reading; (3) almost all students of the teachers interviewed spent half an hour a week in the school library; and (4) poorer readers were treated the same as better readers in terms of read-aloud and independent reading activities. (Three tables of data are included; 26 references and 3 lists of interview questions are attached.) (RS)
Center for the Learning and Teaching of Literature, School of Education, 1400 Washington Ave., ED B-9, University of Albany, State University of New York, Albany, NY 12222 ($6.00).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: National Endowment for the Arts, Washington, DC.; Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Center for the Learning and Teaching of Literature, Albany, NY.
Identifiers - Location: New York (Albany)