Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Specialist in Education (Ed.S.)


Educational Administration and Supervision

First Advisor

Dr. Ward

Second Advisor

Dr. Bruckner


The decade of the 80's witnessed the introduction of a new method for teaching language arts called "Whole Language". A whole language approach provides language instruction as the simultaneous, integrated teaching of reading, writing, speaking, and listening in a context that is both meaningful and purposeful for the learner. A new paradigm emerged, demonstrating that "knowledge is internal and subjective, learning is constructing meaning, and teaching is a dynamic combination of coaching and facilitating" (Hiebert, 1989, p. 62). The whole-language movement appears to embody this new paradigm in its most advanced development.


A Field Project Presented to the Department of Educational Administration and the Faculty of the Graduate College University of Nebraska at Omaha In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Specialist in Education University of Nebraska at Omaha. Copyright 1996 MaryAnn Green Bragg.