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ERIC Number: ED386689
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-May
Pages: 71
Abstractor: N/A
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Literacy Development among Low Achieving Kindergarten Students.
Beach, Jane
A study investigated the effectiveness of a program for the development of literacy skills among low-achieving kindergarten students. The targeted population consisted of those identified as most at risk in the kindergarten classes at Willard Elementary School located in South Elgin, a village south of Elgin in northern Illinois. The problem of low achievement in literacy skills was documented through interviews with kindergarten students, teacher observation checklists and teacher journal entries. Analysis of the probable cause data revealed that a lack of skill development among low-achieving kindergarten students may be related to dysfunctional families, poverty, poor health, English as a second language, poor parenting skills, poor alternative childcare and inadequate funding for education. A review of curricular content and instructional strategies revealed a lack of planning for and delivery of literacy skill development. Solution strategies suggested by knowledgeable others, combined with an analysis of problem setting, resulted in the selection of two major categories of intervention. The Literacy 2000 Reading Series was used to implement a program of mini-lessons designed for development of literacy skills. These books were also used to foster enthusiasm for reading through an independent reading program. Post-intervention data indicated an increase in various literacy and book handling skills as well as enthusiasm for learning to read. (Contains 10 references and 10 tables of data. Appendixes present data, interview questions, and an informed consent form.) (Author/RS)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses
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Language: English
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