ERIC Number: ED353249
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
The Potential of Written Instructional Materials To Improve Instructional Practice. Elementary Subjects Center Series No. 74.
Rosaen, Cheryl L.
This report provides an analysis and synthesis of findings from research regarding the potential of commercially available instructional materials in supporting teachers to teach for understanding, appreciation, and application in elementary level science, social studies, mathematics, literature, art, and music. The findings also address issues related to what teachers need (knowledge, skills, disposition, context) to make full use of the materials' potential, and what needs to be changed in the materials, and why. The report describes a pattern, or mold, that characterizes commonly used written instructional materials in both format and substance, and it identifies problems and issues that emerge from the mold. Distinctive instructional materials in two subject matter areas (social studies and mathematics) are discussed in relation to their potential for supporting teachers in improving instructional practices. The report also considers the kind of resource that written instructional materials provide for elementary teachers responsible for teaching several subjects across the school day and the potential difficulties and tensions in developing improved materials. Two appendices include a summary of instructional materials and elementary subjects center series, and questions relevant to a curriculum materials analysis. (Contains 68 references.) (LL)
Descriptors: Change Strategies, Educational Practices, Elementary Education, Elementary School Curriculum, Higher Education, Instructional Improvement, Instructional Material Evaluation, Literature Reviews, Mathematics, Social Studies, Teacher Effectiveness, Use Studies
Center for the Learning and Teaching of Elementary Subjects, Institute for Research on Teaching, 252 Erickson Hall, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824-1034 ($5.50).
Publication Type: Information Analyses
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.