ERIC Number: ED376451
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Nov
Six Teachers in Their Classrooms: A Closer Look at Beginning Reading Instruction. Technical Report No. 606.
Stahl, Steven A.; And Others
A study addressed the problem of making accurate descriptions of how teachers in first-grade classrooms help their students learn to read and write. It also related the approaches to reading instruction that teachers use to their students' views of reading and their achievement at the end of first grade. For the study, information was gathered from classroom observations, teacher interviews, discussions with students, and assessments of their progress. Findings showed that many of the differences among first-grade classrooms within any type of approach to reading instruction arise from differences in implementation. Observations and discussions confirmed the belief that most teachers of beginning reading are eclectics, engaging their students in activities that have been found to be effective, regardless of the program, approach, or method they profess to be using. In general, teachers pull from the repertoire of activities that come from their own experience and convictions, and fashion programs that vary, according to the needs of the children in their classrooms and what their own experiences tell them will work. They are influenced by theory, but adapt it to their own ways of working with students. (Contains 27 references, 1 table, and 2 figures containing several tables of data). (Author/SR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Center for the Study of Reading, Urbana, IL.
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A