ERIC Number: ED436522
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Nov-19
Investigating Preservice Teachers' Literature Selection Process.
Michna, Katie Charisse Neves
This paper examines the literature selection and evaluation practices of preservice teachers, investigating trends in choosing and acquiring literature and factors affecting the literature's appeal. Participants were undergraduate students enrolled in a language arts course for elementary school majors who completed a survey and attached it to a lesson plan and a reflection used that day. The survey asked why they picked the literature in their lesson plans, where they got it, what they liked most and least about it, and whether they would use it again. Students completed the survey three times during the term. Four students completed interviews regarding why they chose the literature, what factors appealed to them, how they would describe the selection process, how they evaluated literature, and what factors would discourage them from using literature. Overall, participants chose literature for many reasons, which varied as students were increasingly exposed to children's literature and the need for its use in class. There was a shift from the importance of current teaching topic and personal experience in literature selection to a more broad-based range of selection reasons from the first to the third survey. Illustrations were an important factor in the selection process, as were book and award lists. Over half of the literature selections came from the library. (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-South Educational Research Association (Point Clear, AL, November 17-19, 1999). Figures may not reproduce well.