First in a continuing series of reports on trends in marketing and publication of software for literacy education, a study explored the development of a database to track the trends and reported on trends seen in 1995. The final version of the 1995 database consisted of 1011 software titles, 165 of which had been published in 1995 and 846 published in previous years. Software were classified into 6 major categories. Results indicated that (1) an enormous amount of software is available for use by teachers of reading and literacy; (2) drill and practice software was the largest category of software available; (3) the publication rate of software for instruction does not appear to be slowing; and (4) in 1995, the number of new titles in the 3 largest categories (drill and practice, electronic books, and applications) was about the same. Further analyses will provide more detailed examinations of other aspects of the topic, developed from the database. (Contains 1 table of data and 7 references. A 23-item list of software publishers and distributors is attached.) (RS)
Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Reading Association (41st, New Orleans, LA, April 28-May 3, 1996).