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A study examined the first grade materials in five new basal programs submitted for the 1993 Texas state adoption. (The programs were those of Harcourt Brace Jovanovich; Houghton Mifflin; Scott Foresman; Macmillan/McGraw-Hill; and Silver Burdett Ginn). These series are compared with program materials currently in use in the state. The analysis focuses on features of the pupil texts (e.g., total number of words, number of unique words, readability levels, literary quality) and features of the teachers' editions (e.g., program design, organization, tone). Results of the analysis indicate substantial changes in the more recent series. The findings are interpreted in terms of historical trends as well as recent developments in the literature-based and whole language movements. Implications for future research are identified that relate to the study of the implementation and effects of these new programs. (Seven tables of data and a list of the instructional materials studied, are included. Appendixes contain the rating scales and a list rating exemplar texts. Contains 42 references.) (Author/RS)

Descriptors: Basal Reading, Comparative Analysis, Grade 1, Primary Education, Readability, Reading Materials, Reading Research, Text Structure, Textbook Content, Textbook Evaluation, Whole Language Approach

Author: Hoffman, James V.; And Others


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