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ERIC Number: ED502998
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 91
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 59
The Effect of Experiences with Animals on the Reading Comprehension Skills of Students in the Seventh Grade
Petersen, Annie
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The Problem: The study examined the difference that animal interactions had on the reading comprehension growth skills of students in the seventh grade. Method: A quasiexperimental study was conducted with two seventh-grade classes at William Howard Taft Middle School. One class received daily 20-minute animal interaction experiences for 5 days. Following the week of animal interactions in fall 2007, students in both classrooms were given the Degrees of Reading power (DRP) test. The individual results for the two groups were compared to the individual results for the spring 2007 DRP test. An independent samples t test was used to analyze the differences in scores between the two groups. Results: The hypothesized significant difference in reading comprehension growth, as measured by the DRP test, between the seventh-grade students who had classroom exposure to animals and those who did not have classroom animal interactions was not supported. Analysis of the t test suggested no statistically significant difference between the two participating groups and their growth in reading comprehension, as measured by the DRP. Additional findings based on test scores suggest no statistically significant difference in test scores by gender, ethnicity, or language proficiency level. Anecdotal qualitative data indicated an impact on student attitudes toward school participation and attendance. (Contains 11 tables.) [Ph.D. Dissertation, Alliant International University.]
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 7; Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Degrees of Reading Power Test