ERIC Number: ED319018
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Publication Date: 1990
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The Shared Book Experience: An Alternative to the Basal Reading Approach.
Huggins, Laura J.; Roos, Marie C.
There is considerable research evidence to suggest that (1) literature has a positive effect both on reading achievement and attitude toward reading; and (2) the use of a literature-based program is an effective alternative to the traditional basal reading approach. The majority of studies concluded that the literature-based approach produced higher reading achievement and fostered more positive attitudes toward reading than the basal-reading method. Children of all ability levels, given the opportunity to experience reading as a visual and thought process, take a more active role in their own learning. Students not only learn to read, they also develop a love for reading and become life-long readers through the process of using a literature-based approach. Research evidence also supports the use of a shared book experience. Most teachers are required to use a basal reading series. One literature-based, whole language-oriented basal series is "Impressions.""The Story Box in the Classroom" is a kit which provides numerous strategies for shared reading. In literature-based programs, the secret of success is creating the right learning environment, one in which a natural intimacy between teacher and children develops and one in which reading is pleasurable and meaningful. (Twenty-six references are attached.) (MG)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Information Analyses
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