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ERIC Number: ED531134
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 167
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1094-3507-8
A Study of the Qualifications, Roles, Responsibilities, and Characteristics of Reading Specialists in Independent, Private Schools
Hall, Robert J.
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, Capella University
This descriptive study examined reading specialists in independent, private schools. The context of reading specialists in independent, private schools and their alignment with reading professional's standards was not previously identified. The purposes of this study were to determine how many independent, private schools employed reading specialists; the expectations of administrators relating to the reading specialists; the reading specialists' roles, responsibilities, qualifications, and characteristics; how the reading specialist positions were aligned to established standards; and the alignment of the reading specialist positions to expectations of administrators. The data was collected in a two-phase, self-reported survey from administrators and reading specialists. The results indicated nearly 60% of independent, private schools employed reading specialists. The administrators' expectations were similar to the reported data of the reading specialists. The qualifications of the independent, private school reading specialists indicated that over 90% obtained an advanced degree, state certification, and elementary education. Conversely, only half of the reading specialists were certified as reading specialists, two-thirds obtained a reading endorsement, two-fifths completed the recommended number of graduate reading courses, and one-fourth completed a six-hour practicum. The reading specialists engaged in instructional, assessment, and leadership roles, but the majority of time, two-thirds, was directed to instruction. During instruction, a combination of in-class and pullout instruction was the most commonly used model. This model was utilized as support and for reviewing or reinforcing classroom material. The assessment and leadership roles were also considered important and used in a variety of ways. However, only 15% of the total time was reported as spent in each of these roles. These findings were in stark contrast to previous studies. The main responsibility of independent, private school reading specialists was improving literacy for students. This goal was normally accomplished through instructing students, administering assessments, planning with teachers, being a resource to teachers, and communicating with parents. Overall, this study supports the findings on reading specialists in previous studies but addresses the reading specialists in the specific context of the independent, private school. [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; Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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