ERIC Number: ED350582
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992
Reference Count: N/A
Using the Accelerated Reader and Other Strategies and Varied Techniques To Improve the Reading Attitudes of Fifth Grade Students.
This practicum report describes a reading program that was designed and implemented to help improve reading attitudes among fifth grade children. A target group of 17 fifth-graders were unmotivated and uninterested in reading, and TV occupied a great deal of their out-of-class time. Solution strategies involved encouraging parents, teachers, and media specialists to provide interesting reading materials for the children, to model a love for reading, and to read aloud to them. The Accelerated Reader Program was used to motivate students. After reading certain books students took a computerized test and earned points, based on correct answers, which could be cashed in for prizes. Spin-off activities involved students keeping a daily log, read-aloud sessions, poster contests, and daily sustained silent reading periods. Success was measured by comparing a pre- and post-TV survey to determine students' attitudes toward reading, and also by using assessment instruments including students' daily logs, reading goals, media specialists' checkout log, flexible checkout schedule survey, sustained silent reading observation survey, student questionnaires, and student improvement on tests. Results showed no major reduction in students' TV viewing time. However, it was evident from students' enthusiasm for going to the media center to check out books, and their excitement over the Accelerated Reader Program, that attitudes toward reading improved and students did read more. (Six tables of data are included; 20 references and 12 appendixes, containing surveys, questionnaires, forms, and data are attached.) (Author/SR)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Reading Motivation
Note: Ed.D. Practicum, Nova University.