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ERIC Number: ED519066
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 180
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1240-9282-9
Enhancing Literacy Instruction for Grade Level Readers in the Early Elementary Grades
Warren, Marie
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Walden University
Local school districts are under pressure to have elementary reading teachers understand how phonics, during teacher-led small group literacy instruction, can help students who read below grade level. Elementary teachers need research-based strategies regarding which reading instructions of letter-sound components are necessary to help students with daily reading. This study was grounded in social-cognitive theory. The purpose of this qualitative case study was to examine why students who are already grade level readers need to receive this additional literacy instruction. The primary research question focused on whether or not elementary students reading at grade level should continue to receive teacher-led small group literacy instruction, including phonics, throughout the school year. Data were collected from 12 elementary teachers, who completed a survey regarding their views towards literacy instruction, from 4 of those teachers who participated in semi-structured face-to-face interviews and classroom observations, and documents. Themes were developed using qualitative case study analysis. Findings revealed that instruction in reading fluency and letter or sound development improved students' reading fluency. Teachers and school administrators at the data site and teacher organizations may benefit from having an awareness of the benefits of additional letter-sound instruction for grade 2 students. The awareness of the benefits of additional letter-sound instruction has implications for positive social change by increasing grade 2 students' reading fluency. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Language: English
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