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ERIC Number: EJ903236
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 25
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 42
Second Graders' Reading Behaviors: A Study of Variety, Complexity, and Change
Kaye, Elizabeth L.
Literacy Teaching and Learning, v10 n2 p51-75 2006
This qualitative inquiry examined second graders' literacy learning by observing acts of processing on continuous text. Specifically, this study explored the variety, complexity, and change in second graders' "on-the-run" reading behaviors at three points in time across an academic year. Systematic observation and the analysis of more than 2,500 text reading behaviors from running records of 21 proficient readers revealed more than 100 unique behaviors in six major categories ("substitution," "overt solving," "repetition," "omission," "insertion," and "other"). Substitutions occurred most frequently and reflected students' attention to multiple sources of information concurrently. Second graders demonstrated more than 60 different ways to overtly solve words, usually working with large, sub-word level units. They never appealed for help without initiating attempts to work out difficulty and never articulated words phoneme-by-phoneme. Findings revealed general patterns of change and constancy across time as well as a variety of idiosyncratic behaviors particular to individual children. Discussion highlights readers' flexible control of a broad range of literacy processing behaviors and their vast repertoire of ways to problem solve new and unknown words. (Contains 5 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 2
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Texas