ERIC Number: ED394622
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Tensions to Resolve: Improving Literacy Programs in the Context of School Reform. Literacy Improvement Series for Elementary Educators.
This booklet is designed to help educators plan and implement language and literacy programs and related professional development opportunities for elementary school educators. A primary focus of the document is on the tensions that exist between recent local, state, and national initiatives to improve the quality of schooling and current understandings of literacy and language learning. These tensions center on appropriate models of learning (transmission vs. transactional learning), views of knowledge (knowledge as discrete content vs. connected understandings), equity issues (race, culture, and class), purposes of education (preparation for higher education and work, social and personal uses), the role of teachers (teachers as technicians or professionals), and the role of standards (gatekeepers vs. motivators, fixed or dynamic). Questions for reflection and discussion concerning each area are included. An appendix provides information on educational reform in Washington, Oregon, and Alaska, as well as on the National Educational Goals, as revised in the Goals 2000: Educate America Act. (Contains 27 references.) (MDM)
Descriptors: Educational Attitudes, Educational Change, Educational Policy, Educational Quality, Elementary Education, Equal Education, Literacy, Models, Professional Development, Program Development, Role of Education, Standards, Teacher Education, Teacher Role, Teaching Methods
Document Reproduction Service, Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory, 101 S.W. Main Street, Suite 500, Portland, OR 97204.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Northwest Regional Educational Lab., Portland, OR. Literacy, Language, and Communication Program.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Goals 2000