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ERIC Number: ED354478
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Dec-1
Pages: 21
Abstractor: N/A
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How Basals Teach Strategies To Derive Word Meaning from Context.
Fisher, Peter J. L.; And Others
A study examined the nature and extent of the instruction, application, and practice in deriving word meanings from context in a variety of basal reading series. Seven major basal reading series at the fourth-grade level (published between 1986 and 1989 and readily available) were analyzed. Results indicated that: (1) the series differed considerably in the number of lessons they included at the fourth-grade level; (2) there seemed to be disagreement among the publishers as to when to emphasize the teaching of the use of context with unfamiliar words; (3) the series varied considerably in terms of how they presented the strategy; (4) only two series (Holt and Macmillan) had students apply the strategy to the selections they read; (5) the series varied in their use of "familiar" and "unfamiliar" words; and (6) the contexts used for practicing the strategy were not chosen carefully enough. Findings suggest that teaching of the appropriate strategies was often neglected and that there was only limited opportunity to apply the strategy in real reading situations with teacher direction. (Two tables of data are included; 18 references and a list of the basal series analyzed are attached.) (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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