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ERIC Number: ED530189
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 156
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1094-9497-6
Brain-Based Reading Model for Students Who Struggle with Reading
Cowan, Wanda
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Walden University
Despite educational reforms to increase standards, many American children fail to read at levels that will enable them to compete in higher education and in the global economy. Standardized testing has reported a gradual decline in the reading scores of local second grade elementary students. The purpose of this project study was to create a supplemental, pull-out reading program for use with second grade students who struggle with reading. This brain-based reading program is rooted in the constructivist theory that supports the premise that individuals can best develop cognitive structures through active learning and practice. The literature supports the benefits of 20 brain-based practices in the classroom. The study's guiding question included understanding current teacher knowledge and use of brain-based practices used by local elementary teachers. A quantitative needs assessment utilizing a cross sectional survey was completed. The survey was administered to 30 teachers and was analyzed using descriptive statistics. The findings indicated that the teachers did not sufficiently utilize most of the brain-based practices such as varying teaching strategies based on individual students' needs and alternating high thinking and low thinking learning activities. This substantiated the need for the brain-based reading program. A program evaluation plan utilizing a quantitative, quasi-experimental, control group design study is proposed for after implementation of the reading program to assess effectiveness of the reading program. This project has the potential to promote social change as teachers will practice more effective teaching strategies resulting in the development of more competent readers. [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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Identifiers - Location: United States