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ERIC Number: ED523905
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 117
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1244-0780-7
The Implementation of Connection Prompts in Building Substantive Engagement in the 2nd-Grade Classroom through Book Club Conversations
Alamar, Amy
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, University of San Francisco
Conversation is a strategy that helps students build reading skills and improve reading comprehension. It is not widely used in the primary grades due to limited time and perceived effort by the teacher. This study describes the implementation of connection prompts with second-grade students in book clubs. These prompts were cues implemented by the teacher that helped students make predictions, question the text, and help initiate conversation. Research suggests that once conversation is initiated, students learn how to continue to initiate conversation. A qualitative research design was used to identify key themes that emerged in field notes from multiple visits to the classroom. The connection prompts resulted in an increase over time in the frequency of students making connections/predictions, questioning the text, questioning other students, using the connections to think about the text, and working together to build a deeper understanding of the text. Further, the connection prompts helped the teacher and students remain focused and on-task. The connection prompts are a simple tool for teachers. They promoted conversations in the classroom immediately and stimulated deeper conversations in a six-week period. This study suggests that second-grade students are fully capable of conducting conversations with critical thinking about literature and that teachers can scaffold these conversations with a relatively easy tool. [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; Grade 2
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Language: English
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