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ERIC Number: ED376442
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994
Pages: 133
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Improving the Literacy Growth of Second Grade Students through the Use of Whole Language, Peer Tutoring, Cooperative Learning, and Computer-Based Instruction.
Meroney, Barbara
A practicum addressed the problem that the traditional Chapter 1 program of a school district had not been effective in promoting literacy growth. The students repeatedly read the same stories with equal lack of success each time. They were not motivated to read or write because the purpose was irrelevant and failure was probable. The strategy used with 22 students in one classroom was to combine research-based whole language approaches with cooperative learning activities, peer tutoring experiences (as tutors and tutees), and computer-based instruction. Learning styles and needs were met while students increased their ability to learn and think critically. Results form the Diagnostic Achievement Battery, reading running records, writing samples, checklists of teacher observations, personal evaluations, and surveys reveal that the students showed notable development in literacy growth. Findings suggest that the planned program of instruction helped the students improve literacy growth with confidence. (Contains 97 references, 7 tables, and 6 figures of data. Appendixes present the writing rubric, checklists and survey instruments, and examples of story mapping and story circle diagrams.) (RS)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Education Consolidation Improvement Act Chapter 1