M.S. Ed. (Master of Education)
Department of Leadership and Educational Policy Studies
Language experience approach in education
A history of the arguments on behalf of the whole language curriculum reform--a perspective on language, learning, and people--was traced through the claims made by proponents of the movement. The following facets were addressed: 1) The claimed philosophical and theoretical roots in John Dewey, Lev Vygotsky, and Jean Piaget; 2) Ties to former movements viewed as precursors to whole language as discussed by proponents; and 3) Viewed reformulation of the understanding of language acquisition and development based on Kenneth Goodman, Donald Graves, and M.A.K. Halliday. Discussions were included regarding the rhetoric used by proponents of the movement in order to gain support from the educational professionals, as well as strategies to counter the position of the critics. The policy-making discussions that developed during the course of implementation in a local school district were examined and analyzed. Suggested implications for further study were also presented.
Nero, Cecelia M., "Whole language : inception to implementation" (1992). Graduate Research Theses & Dissertations. 6716.
iv, 118 pages
Northern Illinois University
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