ERIC Number: ED374393
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Jul-10
Reference Count: N/A
Whole Language: A Survey of Language Arts Approaches in Cass County Michigan Secondary Schools.
Barr, Ada M.
A study investigated whether whole language principles had "seeped" into secondary language arts teaching in Cass County, Michigan by surveying teachers' attitudes. A total of 14 of the 15 language arts teachers in the four secondary schools in the county returned completed surveys. Results indicated that the language arts teachers (1) had approximately 20 years teaching experience; (2) had both undergraduate and graduate degrees; (3) had one or more hours of training in whole language and "somewhat" understood the concept of whole language instruction; (4) use the traditional approach to instruction, but use other whole language strategies as well; and (5) prefer a combination of traditional and whole language approaches in the classroom. Findings suggest that most teachers seemed willing to try new strategies but were unwilling to discard "tried and true" methods. (The survey instrument, cover letter, a table of data, and 17 figures of data are attached. Contains 18 references.) (RS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Michigan