ERIC Number: EJ758907
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Reference Count: 103
Beginning Reading Materials: A National Survey of Primary Teachers' Reported Uses and Beliefs
Mesmer, Heidi Anne E.
Journal of Literacy Research, v38 n4 p389-425 2006
This study examined the opinions of more than 300 primary teachers. The first purpose of the study was to investigate the reported frequency with which teachers used various beginning reading materials (e.g., literature, basals, workbooks, predictable text, leveled text, decodable text, and vocabulary-controlled text). The second purpose of the study was to inspect how instructional purposes, state text policies, programs, grade levels, and freedom of choice influenced reported uses. The results suggested that teachers of beginning readers use many different types of materials and are guided primarily by instructional purposes rather than programs or grade levels. Teachers reported using decodable text and literature for very particular instructional purposes but reportedly used other materials less specifically. Respondents in states with strong text mandates, like Texas and California, did differ from respondents in other states. In sum, the results suggested that teachers believed that different materials can serve different purposes with different readers.
Descriptors: Reading Materials, Beginning Reading, Elementary School Teachers, Teacher Attitudes, Primary Education, Professional Autonomy, Influences, Reading Material Selection, National Surveys, Educational Objectives, Public Policy, Instructional Program Divisions
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California; Texas