ERIC Number: ED336732
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Reading Instruction Reconsidered: Literature and Discussion in the Reading Program. Elementary Subjects Center Series No. 47.
Raphael, Taffy E.; And Others
The Book Club Project of the Center for the Learning and Teaching of Elementary Subjects is a 3-year line of research exploring the intersection of literature-based reading instruction and the role of student-led response groups. This work is in response to a current trend of creating authentic literacy opportunities in classrooms, reading original literature rather than stories with controlled vocabulary, and reading entire selections rather than excerpts. The research was a collaborative effort among senior researchers, graduate assistants, and classroom teachers to explore the issues related to literature-based instruction, and to create a meaningful environment in which students' abilities both to read and to talk about literature and related topics would be enhanced. The broadest question was: How might literature-based instruction be created to encompass instruction in both comprehension and literature response? This question spawned a number of related questions, including the following: What is the nature of classroom talk and students' perceptions about discussion? What are the interrelationships among reading, writing, and talk? What characterizes literature-based instruction and discussion in nonmainstream classrooms? Perhaps the most important result from the studies to date is the information learned about students' understandings about literacy. Reading became more than a place to read silently, say all the words right, and correctly answer the questions. (Eleven figures and extensive transcriptions of student discussions are included; 41 references are attached.) (Author/RS)
Descriptors: Classroom Research, Discussion (Teaching Technique), Elementary Education, Program Descriptions, Reading Instruction, Reading Writing Relationship
Institute for Research on Teaching, 252 Erickson Hall, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824-1034 ($4.00).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Center for the Learning and Teaching of Elementary Subjects, East Lansing, MI.