ERIC Number: ED374403
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994
Reference Count: N/A
School Book Clubs and Literacy Development: A Descriptive Study. Report Series 2.22.
Strickland, Dorothy S.; And Others
A series of three studies investigated how school book clubs fit into the elementary language arts curriculum and how they contribute to children's literacy. Study 1 interviewed 71 administrators, teachers, and parents by telephone and also interviewed parents and students in urban, rural, and suburban schools in different parts of the United States. Study 2 examined the contributions of 12 children in 6 elementary schools over a period of one year. Study 3 analyzed the entire offerings of the three major book clubs (Scholastic, Troll, Trumpet). Results from all three studies indicated that (1) the school book clubs played a large role in the provision of books and other materials to children, teachers, and parents; (2) while book clubs still regarded their primary purpose as supplying children with books and other material, they appear, in the past few years, to have become a major supplier of literacy materials to classrooms; (3) some teachers and parents complained about the presence of what they call "junk" and "fad" material; (4) some teachers were uneasy about the intrusion of commercial enterprises into their classroom; and (5) lack of parental funds was a major problem for classroom teachers. Results also indicated ways in which book clubs played a role in children's literacy growth: book clubs were putting books directly into the hands of large numbers of children across the country; and book club books were used to promote literacy development among all children in the class, not just those who participated in the clubs. (Contains 12 references, 22 tables, and four figures of data.) (RS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Research Center on Literature Teaching and Learning, Albany, NY.