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ERIC Number: ED346828
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
Pages: 43
Abstractor: N/A
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Whole Language and the Media Center.
Thrash, Blanche Carter
The purpose of this study was to investigate the services provided by elementary and middle school media centers to support whole language instruction, and to determine how the media program contributes to the goals, resources, and teaching strategies of the whole language movement. The population for the study included all 81 elementary and 15 middle schools in the Atlanta, Georgia, City School System. Data were collected in 1991-92 using a mailed survey questionnaire and analyzed using descriptive statistics. Responses from 78% of the media specialists surveyed indicated that: (1) media center services to support whole language instruction included storytime, library displays, assisting pupils with research, book fairs, creative writing activities, and book reviews; (2) resources provided by the media program for whole language included media committee minutes, media memos, professional articles, whole language bibliographies, and a handbook of services; (3) cooperative planning between the classroom teachers and media specialists infused library skills into whole language instruction; and (4) assisting pupils with research was a priority. This research study helps bring attention to the significant role the media center plays in the whole language movement. It is concluded that whole language affords the library media center the opportunity to provide educational leadership and promote research and learning. Appendices include a letter to media specialists and a copy of the survey instrument. (12 references) (DB)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
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Language: English
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