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This research paper describes a proposal for an investigation in the area of assessment. It contains a brief description of whole language philosophy, naturalistic assessment, and informal assessment. It also explains the four areas of reading and writing that will be assessed. National attention has been refocused on reading to insure that all children learn this critical skill. The year 1989 was declared the "Year of the Young Reader" by the U.S. Library of Congress. Whole language classrooms are emerging all over the United States. The goal of whole language is the empowerment of teachers and students to promote growth in reading and other language arts while fostering positive attitudes (Altweger, Edelsky, & Flores, 1987). Whole language is gaining momentum at a time when homelessness is increasing, when government social programs are suffering many cuts, and when the freedom to criticize is being threatened by right wing groups. The political view of whole language grows out of this context.

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Master of Arts in Education


Department of Curriculum and Instruction

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David W. Moore


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