ERIC Number: ED335666
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Decreasing Overreliance on Basal Readers through Staff Development.
Evans, Deborah J.
A practicum aimed to reduce overreliance on the basal reading program in grade 1 of the elementary school. It also endeavored to provide teachers with quality choices to enhance and enrich their reading/writing programs. Five workshops were designed to meet the specific needs of a public school district located on the northeastern seaboard which services 5,000 students. Goals of the practicum were to reduce the time spent on the tests accompanying the basal series, and to offer suggestions for successfully incorporating whole class reading activities and integrating the teaching of reading and writing. The practicum also sought to decrease the number of workbook and skillsheet pages used. Proven strategies were modeled for teachers during the workshops through video tapes and in demonstration lessons. In addition, the teachers were introduced to numerous professional journals, and were encouraged to join professional organizations. Results indicated that all of the teachers decreased the number of tests given and the corresponding amount of time spent on testing. Furthermore, time spent on specific skill instruction decreased while time spent on integrated, meaningful reading/writing activities increased. Results also indicated that teachers are willing to change when meaningful alternatives are modeled for them, and that time, patience, and a supportive environment are required for effective and longlasting change to occur. (Three tables of data are included; 31 references are attached.) (Author/PRA)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Ed.D. Practicum, Nova University.