ERIC Number: ED327865
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
The Analysis of Commonly Used Literature Curriculum Materials. Elementary Subjects.
Cianciolo, Patricia J.; Van Camp, Mary Ellen
This paper reports findings from a detailed critical analysis of commonly used curriculum materials and assessment devices for the study of literature in kindergarten through sixth grade. The paper provides descriptive information and suggestions for improved design and use of curricula available to classroom teachers, especially with respect to the usefulness and appropriateness of those materials for teaching literature for understanding and use of knowledge. Although descriptive information is provided about the teaching and learning of a number of approaches to literature, the focus of the paper is on information pertaining to how the teaching of the critical/aesthetic response to literature was addressed in the curriculum materials that were analyzed. The instrument appended to the paper guided this analysis and was designed to be used across subject areas. The instrument consists of three major categories of questions about the content in the literature curriculum: selection, organization and sequencing, and explication. (Author/KEH)
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Course Content, Critical Reading, Curriculum Development, Curriculum Evaluation, Curriculum Research, Elementary Education, Elementary School Curriculum, English Curriculum, Literary Criticism, Literature Appreciation, Reading Materials
Institute for Research on Teaching, College of Education, 252 Erickson Hall, East Lansing, MI 48824 ($10.00).
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Center for the Learning and Teaching of Elementary Subjects, East Lansing, MI.