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ERIC Number: ED353541
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Dec
Pages: 17
Abstractor: N/A
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Literacy and Literature in Elementary Classrooms: Teachers' Beliefs and Practices.
Scharer, Patricia L.; And Others
A study examined teachers' views about the role of children's literature in reading instruction, how teachers use literature in classroom reading programs, and the congruence between teacher beliefs and teacher practice concerning literature-based reading instruction. Surveys were sent to a representative sample of 1,000 teachers in Ohio (200 from each of the grades 1 through 5; 350 teachers completed the survey. A stratified random sample of nine teachers was chosen from those who indicated on the survey that they were willing to participate in a follow-up interview and classroom observation. Results indicated that: (1) teachers, when using children's literature, have not changed their stance toward reading instruction but rather have adapted their basal teaching structure to literature-based instruction; and (2) teachers placed less emphasis on such areas as the elements of literature, the wholeness of text, or the craft of the writer and focused more on how literature supported other curricular areas. Findings suggest that teachers' definitions of literature-based reading emphasized materials and resources rather than a philosophical or theoretical orientation toward literature or literacy. (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: Ohio