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ERIC Number: ED479067
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-May
Pages: 72
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Improving Primary Students' Reading Fluency.
Eber, Fran; Miller, Sara
This action research project describes a program for improving reading fluency in order to increase reading rate and raise comprehension. The targeted population consisted of second and third graders in a middle class community, located in a suburb of a large metropolitan area. The problems of lack of reading fluency and low comprehension were documented through standardized testing and teacher observation. Analysis of probable cause data revealed numerous underlying causes for the number of students struggling to read fluently. The causes could be classified in three categories: outside of school influences; individual learning deficits; and school setting deficits. A review of the curriculum revealed good instruction of reading strategies; however, the time spent reading and the repetition of vocabulary was questionable. A review of solutions suggested by the literature, combined with teacher observation, led to the decision to use repeated readings as the chosen intervention. In addition, the amount of daily reading time was increased. The results of the action research project were favorable, suggesting that repeated readings may have influenced the improved comprehension and fluency scores. Appendixes contain a guardian permission form; several pre-tests and related materials; a reading survey; and instructions for measuring fluency. (Contains 50 references, 6 figures, 9 tables.) (Author/PM)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A