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ERIC Number: ED529020
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 117
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1246-2233-0
First and Second Grader Teacher's Perceptions of Reading Fluency
Harrison, Gloria Byrd
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Walden University
Some students are exiting first grade reading at less than adequate fluency rates at one rural elementary school. Poor fluency can lead to literacy problems later in their education. An appropriate system to address each student's fluency needs will help teachers to better serve students. A framework based on the theories of Rasinski's fluency research, Tomlinson's differentiated instruction strategies, and Vygotsky's developmental stages concept all provide support for a systematic approach to literacy. The purpose of this qualitative case study was to understand why students were not making adequate gains in fluency. The focus of this study is on teachers' perceptions of proper fluency instruction, the instruction that students are receiving, and how teachers assess and plan for fluency instruction. Qualitative data from interviews, observations, and document analysis were transcribed, reoccurring themes were coded and compared, and member check was used for validation. Results show that teachers lack instructional time for proper fluency and that it would be beneficial to have an organized system that teachers could use within existing reading programs. Findings suggest the need for a systematic approach for teachers to address each student's fluency needs. Implications for social change include improved teacher knowledge and facilitation of students' fluency instruction. [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 1; Grade 2
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Language: English
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