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ERIC Number: ED406662
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-May
Pages: 68
Abstractor: N/A
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Developing Positive Attitudes and Strategic Reading Skills in Primary Students.
Foss, Jeanette; Soper, Candice
A project developed a program for improving the attitudes of primary students toward reading and encouraging them to become strategic readers. The targeted population consisted of first-grade students in rural-suburban communities west of a large midwestern city. The problem of poor attitudes toward reading and lack of knowledge of reading strategies was documented through surveys, teacher journal entries, and skills checklists. Analysis of probable cause data revealed: (1) the lack of adequate materials; (2) limited home literacy experiences; (3) restricted teaching strategies; and (4) a failure to address the diversity of student needs. Professional literature and reviews of curricular content suggest causes related to an over-emphasis on the basal reading approach, the use of ability grouping, and student inability to use multiple strategies to become independent readers. Solution strategies combined with an analysis of the problem setting resulted in three major categories of intervention. A literature-based classroom and a reading workshop program were implemented and mini-lessons designed for the development of word attack skills were presented in whole group and small group sessions. Results from post-intervention data indicated a decrease in the percentage of students who found reading difficult and an increase in the understanding of reading strategies. (Contains 4 figures of data and 36 references; 8 sample forms are appended.) (Author/CR)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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