Trends and Issues in English Instruction, 1997-Six Summaries.Report as inadecuate

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Information on current trends and issues informally discussed and then delineated by the directors of 6 National Council of Teachers of English commissions, is presented in this 14th annual report. The commissions and their directors are: (1) Commission on Composition (Christine Kline); (2) Commission on Curriculum (Kathleen Andrasick); (3) Commission on Language (Judith Lindfors); (4) Commission on Literature (Carol Jago); (5) Commission on Media (Lawrence B. Fuller); and (6) Commission on Reading (Mary H. Maguire). Some of the subjects discussed in the report include: relationships among computers, writing, and the teaching of writing; assessment in writing; what constitutes good writing; thoughtful implementation of English language arts standards; the increasing integration of the curriculum; professional development; authentic assessment; laws mandating specific methodology for elementary and secondary classrooms and teacher education programs; language study in the classroom; exclusion of controversial issues from oral and written classroom discussions; the growing emphasis on standards in both the schools and in public discourse about education; a growing public concern and discussion of the ethics and impact of the media on various American institutions; use of television and film to encourage reading and thoughtful discussion; censorship; copyright law; support for public schooling; professional development of teachers; informed discussion about reading theory, research, and practice in the national and professional conversation; and understanding the complex intersections among race, class, gender, and language in reading, literacy curriculum, and practices in mainstream, bilingual multicultural communities. (RS)

Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Educational Trends, Elementary Secondary Education, English Instruction, Higher Education, Language Arts, Literature Appreciation, Mass Media Role, Reading Instruction, Student Evaluation, Writing Instruction

Author: Suhor, Charles, Comp.


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