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ERIC Number: ED416503
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Apr-29
Pages: 24
Abstractor: N/A
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Literature Circles.
Pitman, Marge
A study investigated whether using literature circles in the study of non-fiction improved student attitudes about reading and improved comprehension while developing self-confidence and cooperation. A purposeful sample of five students from a combined grade 5/6 class were chosen based on their negative responses about attitude and ability regarding reading. Subjects completed surveys before and after a four-week intervention. Results indicated that in the literature circles, students were able to enhance reading skills, learn from each other, gain self-confidence, improve oral and written communication, discover important themes that run through literature, and have fun in a socially interactive environment. Students were observably more enthusiastic, attentive, and responsible for their own learning in this setting. Educators should keep trying to improve student learning through strategies such as literature circles, allowing students to learn from one another, take responsibility, and develop into independent lifelong learners. A reading interest survey and a literature circle evaluation form are attached. (RS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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