ERIC Number: EJ725388
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Sep-22
To What Extent Are Literacy Initiatives Being Supported: Important Questions for Administrators
Marlow, Leslie; Inman, Duane; Shwery, Craig
Reading Improvement, v42 n3 p179 Fall 2005
This study examined teachers' expressed perceptions of states' provisions for instructional materials and professional development opportunities related to state literacy initiatives for K-6 classroom teachers in ten southeastern states. Approximately 400 teachers responded to a survey instrument which included the topics of materials and professional development. Generally, the survey results indicate that teachers did not express receipt of sufficient support in implementing a state/district-wide reading initiative to the extent one might deem desirable (or appropriate) by present agencies. It appears that responding teachers perceived themselves to be ill-prepared to meet accountability mandates associated with literacy and that participating teachers lacked training, had little access to sound instructional materials, and were unfamiliar with the state standards. This information results in questions that administrators must address if teachers are to effectively implement literacy initiatives proposed as a result of state mandates.
Descriptors: State Standards, Teaching Methods, Instructional Materials, Professional Development, Literacy, Literacy Education, Elementary School Teachers, Administrators, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Surveys
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A