ERIC Number: EJ754811
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Scripted Curriculum: Is It a Prescription for Success?
Childhood Education, v83 n1 p29 Fall 2006
Scripted curriculum materials are becoming more and more commonplace throughout schools in the United States. Scripted curriculum materials are instructional materials that have been commercially prepared and require the teacher to read from script while delivering the lesson. They reflect a focus on explicit, direct, systematic skills instruction and are touted as a method to boost sagging standardized test scores and narrow the achievement gap between children growing up in poverty and those who are more affluent. In this article, the author discusses the politics of the scripted curriculum, as well as who profits, its basic structure, current research as to its effectiveness, and concerns about its effect on students as well as teachers.
Descriptors: Instructional Materials, Reading Instruction, Politics of Education, Curriculum Research, Reading Achievement, Reading Programs, Program Effectiveness, Teaching Methods, Socioeconomic Influences, Time on Task, High Risk Students
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Identifiers - Location: United States