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ERIC Number: ED398546
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Apr-30
Pages: 132
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Improving Low Reading Skills through the Use of Reader's Workshop.
Hewitt, Colleen; And Others
A study examined a program for implementing a reader's workshop to improve low reading skills. Subjects were first-, second-, and third-grade students in a suburb of a large midwestern city. The problem of low reading skills was observed and documented in grade 1 through a sight word assessment and a 3-part writing assessment which included a sound assessment record, a writing sample, and observations of the students while writing. In all grade levels, low reading skills were assessed through oral reading sample and checklist, surveys, and observations of the students reading. Analysis of probable cause data revealed that low reading skills may be attributed to the actions, behaviors, and attitudes of the three groups of people most closely involved in the development of the reading process--the parents, teachers, and the children. Reviews of curricula content and instructional strategies revealed a need for a program which offered practice with reading skills presented in a motivating environment. A review of solution strategies suggested by knowledgeable others, combined with an analysis of the problem setting, resulted in the selection of the intervention, Reader's Workshop, for students in the targeted school. Results from post-intervention data indicated an improvement in students' decoding and comprehension skills. Findings revealed that students' attitudes towards reading improved considerably as well. (Contains 8 figures and 28 references; various forms including the survey instruments, labelled A through Z and AA through CC, are appended.) (CR)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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