Concerns are being raised in both professional literature as well as in the popular press regarding certain aspects of the literature-based movement. Here we report on findings from a longitudinal study of a group of first -grade teachers who have been attempting (with varying degrees of success)to introduce literature-based teaching strategies into their classrooms. We inspect the experiences of these teachers in relation to four areas of concern that have been raised regarding literature-based teaching: 1. skills instruction; 2.guided reading strategies; 3. literature selection;and 4. thematic teaching (or curriculum integration). We describe classroom practices and the 9 problems and possibilities associated with teacher change in each of the four areas.
Hoffman, James v.; McCarthy, Sarah J.; Abbott, Judy A.; Bayles, Debra; Elliott, Bonnie; Ferree, Angela; and Price, Debra, "Literature-based reading instruction: Problems, possibilities & polemics in the struggle to change" (1996). Faculty Publications. 18.
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