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ERIC Number: EJ869003
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 38
ISSN: ISSN-1937-0814
Opportunities Gained & Lost: Placement in an Alternative Reading Class
Donalson, Kathleen
Middle Grades Research Journal, v4 n3 p41-60 2009
The purpose of this case study was to explore the perceptions and experiences of one class of sixth grade middle students enrolled in a Title I reading class. The class consisted of 15 students. Through instrumental case study, qualitative data were collected over 24 weeks through (a) interviews, (b) observations, and (c) documents: student schedules, report card, teacher's lesson plans, and curriculum guides. The study explored the emotional consequences of students struggling in reading and the programs of intervention schools implement for readers who struggle through participant voices. Data was processed through inductive analysis using a computerized data management program. The findings revealed the negative consequences of high stakes standardized testing, a mandated scripted basal reading program, and loss of certain educational classes. The findings disclosed the positive outcomes of a supportive curriculum through an engaging reading curriculum and the opportunity to keep certain educational classes.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 6; Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A