ERIC Number: ED360625
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Structural Analysis: Toward an Evaluation of Instruction. Technical Report No. 581.
Winsor, Pamela; And Others
A study reviewed and evaluated the structural analysis instruction (the use of word parts to help determine the meaning and pronunciation of words) and practice in the teachers' manuals and student workbooks of six published basal reading programs. For the most part, suggestions for instruction and practice seemed reasonable, but there were systematic deficiencies: students were almost never warned of the limitations of structural analysis; were seldom advised to check the results of word analysis against context; and were seldom asked to apply structural analysis in the task of constructing meaning in extended texts. Findings suggest that structural analysis instruction should focus on the strategic use of word parts, in conjunction with other sources of information such as context, with a focus on the goal of gaining meaning from text. (Five tables listing aspects of structural instruction and practice as presented in the six programs are included; 22 references are attached.) (RS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Center for the Study of Reading, Urbana, IL.