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ERIC Number: ED420836
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-May
Pages: 67
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
The Establishment of a Reading Foundation Incorporating Motivational Techniques to Increase Self-Esteem in First and Second Grade Students.
Manietta, Jolene; O'Donnell, Patricia; Polson, Catherine
An action research project stresses the need to incorporate various methods of teaching to develop a firm reading foundation. Self-esteem also plays a crucial role in developing enthusiasm to learn. The targeted population consisted of first and second grade students in clustered classrooms in a growing, middle class community located in central Illinois. Evidence for the existence of the problem includes deficiency of skills evident from standardized testing, teacher documentation, recommendation by a team of educators, assessment that indicate student academic performance, lack of metacognitive skills, and lack of parent support. Analysis of probable cause data revealed the lack of multi-modalities being used within the classroom, deficiency in higher order thinking skills, lack of previous exposure to literature, and lack of active learning resulting in non-transference. Further analysis of overloaded curriculum outcomes and goals puts emphasis on quantity of skills covered rather than quality of methods used to display transference. An examination of possible solution strategies suggested by knowledgeable others, combined with analysis of the problem setting, resulted in a four-step plan to alleviate the problem: examining, analyzing, incorporating, and assessing reading abilities from the targeted groups to form accurate information for further critique. Post intervention data indicated an increase in skills and use of critical thinking skills, an intrinsic motivation for learning, increasing amount of parental involvement, and awareness of self-evaluation. (Contains 27 references, one table, and four figures of data. Appendixes contain survey instruments, and materials related to student portfolios.) (RS)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Illinois