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ERIC Number: EJ1066619
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1533-242X
A Read-Aloud Cross-Age Service Learning Partnership Using Multicultural Stories
Furtado, Leena
Reading Matrix: An International Online Journal, v8 n2 p96-110 Sep 2008
This study describes the effectiveness of a read-aloud cross-age partnership in service learning among students of various age groups (pre K-college sophomore) attending the different schools located on a university campus. Research-based theories of read-aloud to children were used to train the reading volunteers. Multicultural story books aided the participants towards embracing cultural diversity and understanding on campus. Following two pre-program questions, all adult readers received training and reading guides related to read-aloud techniques, style, and poise. A post-reading analysis included focus group classroom-teacher dialogues; a twelve-item reader survey; and field observations of reading attributes. The results of the read-aloud showed tangible and noteworthy benefits to readers and children. Read-aloud promoted growth in textual comprehension by the children as well as critical thinking skills of the readers. Cultural awareness and cross-age communication was also noticed. The enthusiasm shown by the participants has generated a continuation of this partnership.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Secondary Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: California
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