ERIC Number: ED335665
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Increasing Reading Comprehension and Positive Attitudes toward Reading through Improving Student Vocabulary.
Luckham, Mary R.
A practicum designed and implemented a program to address the related problems of negative attitudes toward reading, low reading abiility, and poor student working vocabulary. Intervention strategies and critical thinking activities were used to raise students'"Degrees of Reading Power (DRP) scores and to improve students' attitudes toward reading in general. A target group of twenty-four 10th-grade English students was chosen for the implementation. The program combined contextual and definitional approaches to vocabulary study using a variety of methods and a combination of strategies to provide repetition and opportunities for meaningful usage. Success was measured with a combination of three pre- and post-methods. These were attitudinal surveys, DRP tests, and teacher-made objective tests over the vocabulary words taught during the implementation period. Results showed some increase in DRP scores, an increase in vocabulary, and an increase in positive attitudes toward reading in general. Extensive appendixes include test and survey scores as well as many of the activities used in the implementation. (Author/SR)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Florida
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Degrees of Reading Power Test