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Abstract

Common Core State Standards and our changing society requires that informational text, an often neglected genre, receive an equal proportion of time in K-4 classrooms. Research has shown that teacher attitude and belief play a central role in teaching practice, and informational text has historically been viewed in a negative light by elementary teachers. In this study the authors look at pre-service elementary teacher education as an avenue for an attitude change in regards to informational text. Attitudes toward specific genres were analyzed using a pre/post survey with a treatment group receiving focused instruction on using informational text. The results support the hypothesis that continued exposure to high-quality informational text can make a positive impact on teacher attitudes.

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