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ERIC Number: ED398563
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Pages: 11
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What Do Principals Think about Their Reading Programs?
Diamantes, Thomas
A study examined how knowledgeable school administrators are about reading programs in their schools and if they are "doing what they are supposed to be doing." Subjects were administrators of 20 elementary schools who completed a 10-page questionnaire entitled "Reading Survey for Administrators." Results indicated that all administrators do not share the same definition of reading and/or perception of the importance of reading in the overall curriculum. Most think of it as a combination of reading, writing, and thinking--with teachers and central office personnel establishing goals. Findings revealed that administrators differed in their perception of which aspects of reading are most important. Many felt that comprehension was most important while others chose decoding or phonics. Distrust of basal texts was apparent, since most felt supplemental reading texts were necessary for effective reading programs. Comprehension levels seemed to be the target in assessing the teaching of reading. When evaluating reading programs, the administrators report concentrating on observing the teacher, class activities, materials being used, and finally, the behavior of the students. (CR)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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