ERIC Number: ED433504
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-May
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Improving Student Reading Comprehension through the Use of Literacy Circles.
Parker, Susan M.; Quigley, Maura C.; Reilly, JoAnn B.
This report describes a program for advancing at-risk students' reading comprehension, which was adversely affecting their academic progress. The targeted population consisted of elementary students in a middle class community located near a large midwestern city. The problem with reading comprehension was documented through teaching referrals, Chapter One criteria, standardized testing, case study evaluations, and discussion with student readers. Analysis of probable cause data revealed that students reported a lack of skills related to learning key words well enough to be able to retrieve them automatically for use in decoding other words. Faculty reported a weakness in structural analysis skills. Reviews of curricula content and instructional strategies revealed an overemphasis on whole language, lacking the integration of structural analysis skills. A review of solution strategies suggested by knowledgeable others, combined with an analysis of the problem setting, resulted in the selection of intervention: the integration of multiple intelligences within literacy circles to improve reading comprehension. Post intervention data indicated an increase in students' attitude towards academic and recreational reading; an increased interest in specific authors when choosing a novel; and an increase in grade level reading comprehension. Contains 45 references and 10 figures of data. Appendixes contain a teacher reflective journal sheet, peer interview questions, student activity sheets, and a book report evaluation form. (Author/SR)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses
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