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ERIC Number: ED361648
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Dec
Pages: 16
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Developing Mature Readers for the 21st Century: Are Secondary Content Classrooms Helping?
Eanet, Marilyn G.
A study examined the reading practices in various secondary content classrooms. As part of assigned observations in secondary schools, students in three sections of an undergraduate class in secondary teaching methodology which included a literacy component were instructed to complete a data sheet for each class they observed. Observations from 38 English classrooms and 60 history/social studies classrooms (most in urban and suburban Rhode Island) were analyzed. Results indicated that: (1) textbooks were almost always present in 80% of the classrooms observed; (2) three-fourths of the time the textbooks were used during the class; (3) supplementary text materials were noticeably absent, even in English classes; (4) reading took place in about one-half of the classrooms; and (5) 43% of the history/social studies teachers and 65% of the English teachers provided some kind of prereading preparation and/or purpose setting for assigned reading. Findings provide further evidence that educators should be concerned about how text is used in high school classrooms and question the effects of school policy decisions and some traditional instructional practices on the development of literacy. (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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