Integration of Workbook Activities and Basal Reader Stories: A Pilot Study.Report as inadecuate




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A pilot study examined to what degree answers that students supply on basal reader workbook pages are integrated with understanding the words in the story or with understanding the story itself. The sample consisted of 27 workbook pages from 5 fourth-grade basal reading programs with a 1989 copyright date. Two simple content analyses were applied to the pool of stories drawn from the basal reading programs. Results indicated that (1) there was generally a lack of workbook integration at the surface level for the majority of publishers; (2) there was generally a lack of workbook integration at the deep level for all publishers; and (3) 44% of all the workbook pages reviewed (12 out of 27) were not integrated with the story they accompanied at all. Findings suggest that the lack of workbook integration with reading books should be recognized and considered when adopting, purchasing, and planning to use basal reading materials. (Contains 2 tables of data.) (RS)

Descriptors: Basal Reading, Content Analysis, Grade 4, Intermediate Grades, Pilot Projects, Reading Research, Text Structure, Textbook Evaluation, Textbook Research, Workbooks











Author: Linek, Wayne M.; Harkins, Donna M.

Source: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=8302&id=ED402542



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