ERIC Number: ED420855
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-May
Study of Reading Comprehension and Student Enjoyment of Reading as Related to Literature Discussions.
Brandt, Mary; Isaacson, Kristi
This report describes a program for increasing reading motivation and comprehension. The targeted population consisted of two heterogeneous groups of fourth grade students who attended a public school located in a northwest suburb of a large metropolitan area. The students' lack of motivation and poor comprehension skills were documented by low reading scores and teacher observations. Analysis of probable cause data revealed that students exhibited a lack of interest in reading and a lack of appropriate reading skills and strategies. Additionally, changing demographics in the community contributed to the problem. A review of published solution strategies combined with an analysis of the problem setting resulted in the selection of literature discussions to be implemented as an ongoing instructional strategy before, during, and after reading. Post intervention data indicated an increase in student motivation to read and improved comprehension. (Contains 20 references, 1 table, and 16 figures of data. Appendixes contain survey instruments and a reading inventory.) (Author/RS)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: M.A. Action Research Project, Saint Xavier University and IRI/Skylight.