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ERIC Number: EJ1121635
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Abstractor: As Provided
Inquiry Circles as a Vehicle for Comprehending Informational Texts: Preservice Teachers' Reactions and Perceptions
Diego-Medrano, Elsa; Coneway, Betty; Williams, Judy D.
Texas Journal of Literacy Education, v4 n2 p57-68 2016
This study was conducted to explore teacher candidates' reactions and perceptions regarding their participation in inquiry circles and to discover how the experience influenced their comprehension of an informational text. The 98 teacher candidates involved in this study were enrolled in a children's literature course at a four-year university. The three instructors routinely employ literature circles using fictional texts to expose their students to reading response techniques, but were interested in finding out how teacher candidates would transfer this learning to an informational text. The results of the study indicated that many of the teacher candidates were unaware of their own strategy use in regard to reading comprehension in general, but found inquiry circles to be a beneficial vehicle to increase their own understanding of informational texts, as well as a positive teaching method to utilize in their future classrooms.
Descriptors: Inquiry, Preservice Teachers, Teacher Response, Nonfiction, Learning Experience, Childrens Literature, Reading Comprehension, Reading Strategies, Communities of Practice, Relevance (Education), Critical Thinking, Teaching Methods, Qualitative Research, Case Studies, Online Surveys
Texas Journal of Literacy Education. Sam Houston State University, 1908 Bobby Marks Drive Box 2119, Huntsville, TX 77341. Web site: http://www.texasreaders.org
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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