ERIC Number: ED199649
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Jan
Reference Count: 0
The Effectiveness of Teaching the Nature, Purpose, and Language of Instruction of Reading to First Grade Children.
Buck-Smith, Robin E.
A study was conducted to determine the effect of the direct and systematic teaching of the nature, purpose, and language of instruction of reading on first grade children's knowledge of this information, on their attitudes toward reading, and on their reading achievement. Subjects were 60 first grade students randomly assigned to one of two treatment groups. Group 1 received 20 supplementary lessons to reading instruction, each designed to teach the nature, purpose, and language of instruction of reading. Group 2 received nonrelated treatment of 20 lessons, also supplementary to regular reading instruction, designed to teach reading skills using the newspaper as a source of materials. Independent t-tests were used to compare the two groups on the three dependent variables. Group 1 scored significantly higher on the measures of attitudes toward reading and of knowledge of the nature, purpose, and language of instruction of reading. However, on the standardized reading achievement test, the mean scores for the two groups were not significantly different. (RL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Concept of Reading
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southwest Educational Research Association (Dallas, TX, January 1981).