ERIC Number: ED474925
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2003-Jan
Increasing Literacy Skills in Kindergarten Students.
Dawson, Michelle; Schnulle, Carol
This report describes a program for increasing literacy skills in kindergarten students. The targeted population consisted of kindergarten students from two schools in a growing unit district located in a northwest suburb of Chicago, Illinois. The lack of literacy skills was documented through student assessment and teacher observation. Analysis of probable cause data revealed that students reported a lack of literacy skills that were affecting their reading and writing. Teachers reported low oral language skills. Reviews of curricula content and instruction strategies revealed a need for more oral language activities and not enough parental involvement in each student's learning. A review of solution strategies suggested by knowledgeable others, combined with an analysis of the problem setting, resulted in two major categories of intervention: increased oral language activities in the classroom, and increased parental involvement. Post intervention data indicated an increase in the students' oral language skills, which resulted in increased literacy skills. Contains 31 references, and 8 tables and 8 figures of data. Appendixes contain a home-school literacy questionnaire; off-task behavior checklist; parental reading strategies; and a Parent Reading Night invitation. (Author/RS)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses; Reports - Research
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.