Title

Genre and comprehension strategies presented in elementary basal reading programs: A content analysis

Date of Award

2006

Availability

Article

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Department

Education

First Committee Member

William E. Blanton, Committee Chair

Abstract

The goal of this study was to explore the differences in how five basal reading programs present opportunities for students to engage in reading informational text, and to analyze the research-based comprehension strategies manuals suggest teachers use to teach their students. Overall, there was no systematic progression or planned inclusion of genre or comprehension strategies in any of the basal programs examined. Although there was more informational text present in basal readers than expected, narrative was still the dominant genre. In terms of comprehension strategy instruction, Open Court suggests the highest amount of instruction for all grades and genres. Furthermore, while two-thirds of instructional suggestions were allotted to comprehension strategies, several strategies were ignored or received limited attention. Recommendations for basal reading publishers and teacher education programs are provided.

Keywords

Education, Elementary; Education, Reading

Link to Full Text

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