ERIC Number: ED366905
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994
Reference Count: N/A
Whole Language: The Debate.
Smith, Carl B., Comp.
This book presents a debate between "reasonable" educators who either claim that there is evidence for the effectiveness of whole language, or who challenge the claim that whole language works across the broad spectrum of learners. The book presents the debate in the form of formal debate resolutions, opening "statements," transcripts of a "face-to-face shoot-out" at a convention of the National Reading Conference in San Antonio, Texas, further written responses, and commentary on the debate. Contents of the book are: "'And the Winner Is...!' The Context of the Debate" (Carl B. Smith); "Call Me Teacher" (Susan Ohanian); "Whole Language and Research: The Case for Caution" (Michael C. McKenna and others); "Moderator's Comments" (Carl B. Smith); "The Answer Is Yes..." (Patrick Shannon); "Unlike Patrick, We Do Accept Reality..." (Michael McKenna); "Who the Hell Are You?" (Susan Ohanian); "Let Us Not Permit Ourselves to Be Forced into Bitterly Polarized Positions..." (Richard Robinson); "Audience Participation" (moderated by Carl B. Smith); "People Who Live in Glass Houses..." (Patrick Shannon); "Emerging Perspectives on Whole Language" (Michael C. McKenna and others); "Whole Language: Now More Than Ever" (Shelley Harwayne); "Is Whole Language 'The Real Thing'? Advertisements and Research in the Debate on Whole Language" (Steven Stahl); "New Questions, Different Inquiries" (Jerome Harste); and "Commentary on the ERIC Whole Language Debate" (Michael Pressley). A selected, annotated bibliography of approximately 1,000 items from the ERIC database concerning whole language is included. (RS)
Descriptors: Annotated Bibliographies, Debate, Educational Research, Elementary Education, Instructional Effectiveness, Literacy, Reading Instruction, Reading Teachers, Theory Practice Relationship, Whole Language Approach
ERIC Clearinghouse on Reading, English, and Communication, Indiana University, 2805 E. 10th St., Smith Research Center, Suite 150, Bloomington, IN 47408-2698 ($24.95 plus shipping/handling).
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; Books; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Reading, English, and Communication, Bloomington, IN.