ERIC Number: ED468240
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-May
Improving Student Comprehension Skills through Instructional Strategies.
Sharp, Patricia; Ashby, Doris
This report intends to describe a program designed to enhance reading comprehension. Reading comprehension relies on skills that enable students to remember facts, draw out main ideas, make inferences, and relate reading to personal experiences. The focus group consisted of middle and high school students in a metropolitan area in northern Illinois. Analysis of probable cause data indicated that students had a lack of motivation, fluency in reading, limited vocabulary, limited background knowledge, and a minimal interest in material being read. The literature has indicated that intrinsic motivation for literacy declines in middle school. For students to be part of today's ever-changing society and workforce, reading comprehension is an essential skill. A review of solution strategies suggested by researchers has resulted in possible solutions through interventions. The various instructional methods to be used will include thinking skill instruction, cooperative groups, multiple intelligence strategies, and metacognition skills. Post intervention data indicated an increase in students' reading comprehension skills. Appendixes contain: a sample of Rhody Secondary Reading Attitude Assessment; a sample of Reading Interest Inventory; and a Sample of Gates-MacGinite Reading Tests. (Contains 23 references, 16 figures, and 2 tables.) (Author/RS)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Master of Arts Action Research Project, Saint Xavier University and SkyLight Professional Development Field-Based Master's Program.