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First Grade Teachers' Literacy Instructional Practices Influence On The Learning Of Elementary School Students In English Language Arts (Ela) And Reading, Carole A. Barkin May 2017

First Grade Teachers' Literacy Instructional Practices Influence On The Learning Of Elementary School Students In English Language Arts (Ela) And Reading, Carole A. Barkin

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

This qualitative case study investigated the literacy educational practices of five general education first grade teachers in a charter school in Western New York. Charter schools typically hire teachers with less experience; therefore, the purpose of this study is to explore how first grade teachers in English Language Arts (ELA) and reading modified their literacy instruction to support all students, including, but not limited to, students with a variety of different disabilities. Through semi-structured interviews and classroom observations, this study focused on how specific literacy instructional tools and teaching methods, such as the arts and/or technology, impacted students’ literacy ...


The Impact Of Past Literacy Experiences On Perception Of Motivation, Nicholas Schaller May 2017

The Impact Of Past Literacy Experiences On Perception Of Motivation, Nicholas Schaller

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

This research is a qualitative case study that explores the impact of past literacy experiences on motivation in secondary school students. Data were collected over a period of six weeks using observation field notes, a questionnaire, a semi-structured interview, and student artifacts. The aim of this study is to assist secondary school teachers in understanding their secondary school students in all content areas.


A Magnified View: The Impact Of Arts Integration In The Ela And Social Studies Classroom, Alyson M. Tardy May 2016

A Magnified View: The Impact Of Arts Integration In The Ela And Social Studies Classroom, Alyson M. Tardy

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

This qualitative research study explores the impact of arts integration in the ELA and social studies classroom. Through interdisciplinary lessons that weave music, theater, visual art, and movement with ELA and social studies content; this research explores the result of arts integration in the classroom. The fourth grade student participants in this study have contributed their ideas, understanding and reflections of the interdisciplinary ELA and social studies lessons through a collection of work samples, surveys, and interviews. Although the New York State Common Core State Standards have created a shift in content priorities and objectives for teachers, this study examines ...


Read Alouds And Their Impact On Students' Literacy Development, Rebecca L. Walch May 2016

Read Alouds And Their Impact On Students' Literacy Development, Rebecca L. Walch

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

This qualitative study explores the impact of reading aloud to upper or intermediate elementary students. The purpose of this study is to research how fourth grade students respond to a variety of read aloud texts, and how these rich literacy experiences impact students’ literacy development. This study gives background information about read alouds in the classroom and explores one fourth grade class's responses to read aloud text including the impact of these read alouds on students' literacy development.


Technology In The Classroom, Samantha M. Seaman Oct 2015

Technology In The Classroom, Samantha M. Seaman

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

The purpose of this study was to discover how I, a kindergarten teacher, used technology within the classroom. The authors of the articles and case studies in the literature review discuss the various technological tools available in school districts and how teachers utilize them effectively. This was a qualitative, self-study where I looked at my practices concerning technology in the classroom. The data were collected during a six-week period using journaling, factual information, and lesson plans. The results of the study showed that I used 10 different forms of technology in the classroom during lessons created. Results also showed the ...


Literacy Strategies For Reading And Understanding Nonfiction Texts In The Elementary Grades, Melody L. Vanacore Oct 2015

Literacy Strategies For Reading And Understanding Nonfiction Texts In The Elementary Grades, Melody L. Vanacore

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

Abstract

Elementary teachers must educate their students to read and understand nonfiction text so they will not only be successful in elementary school, but will also be prepared for the increased demands placed on them in the upper grades and beyond. This literature review investigated the question, what are the most effective literacy strategies teachers can use to better teach the reading of nonfiction texts to elementary students? Data collection was accomplished by gathering academic, peer reviewed articles and scholarly texts containing information on teaching nonfiction to elementary students. The data was then analyzed through content analysis for appropriate strategies ...


Using Mentor Texts To Teach Argumentative Writing Through Writing Conferences, Lesya Lukomskaya May 2015

Using Mentor Texts To Teach Argumentative Writing Through Writing Conferences, Lesya Lukomskaya

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

Poor student performance of writing skills has caused many teachers in America to focus more closely on teaching writing. In fact, the Common Core State Standards emphasize the importance of writing skills in elementary education. A case study with a teacher and 1 student was conducted to investigate how direct instruction impacted a student’s ability to write argumentative texts on her own. The student wrote an initial argument paragraph before the study, during the study and another argumentative paragraph after the study was completed. Mentor texts were used for instruction throughout the study to find how they impacted a ...


Teachers’ Perspectives On Self-Contained And Departmentalized Instructional Models, Linsay L. Stewart May 2015

Teachers’ Perspectives On Self-Contained And Departmentalized Instructional Models, Linsay L. Stewart

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

The purpose of this qualitative case study was to answer the question, which instructional model, self-contained or departmentalized, do fourth grade teachers believe is more beneficial to use in a rural elementary school? I used purposeful sampling to select only the teachers who have taught in both the traditional self-contained and the departmentalized instructional models at the school district where the teachers work. Through the use of a survey, interviews, and a focus group, the two fourth grade teachers expressed their opinions on the advantages and drawbacks of both classroom designs. The main conclusion of this study is while there ...


The Impact Of Digital Storytelling On Fourth Grade Students’ Motivation To Write, Chelsea Lobello May 2015

The Impact Of Digital Storytelling On Fourth Grade Students’ Motivation To Write, Chelsea Lobello

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

Educators often have difficulty motivating upper elementary and adolescent students to write, while still being held accountable for producing high academic achievement to the rigorous standards of today’s society. Educators today are also striving to prepare students for the ever-changing and advancing 21st century world. Although teachers recognize that writing at the fourth grade level has become more rigorous and student motivation towards writing has decreased, they are unaware of the role digital storytelling has on both motivation and writing performance. Using a qualitative research design and case study approach, the current study examined the impact of digital ...


Gonoodle Movement Breaks In The Classroom, Brittany Lotta May 2015

Gonoodle Movement Breaks In The Classroom, Brittany Lotta

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

With the rigorous demands of the new Common Core State Standards being implemented all over the country, both the teachers and the students are feeling the pressure. Students are sitting for long periods of instruction without much time to get up and moving. Using a qualitative study, this paper analyzed the effects of GoNoodle movement breaks in a fourth-grade classroom on both student behavior and their academic achievement. Twenty-two fourth-grade students were observed after sitting through a ninety-minute instruction period over a six-week span. Every other day the students participated in a movement break using the tool GoNoodle. Four students ...


Parent Involvement And Literacy Achievement: A Case Study, Jessica M. Martorana Apr 2015

Parent Involvement And Literacy Achievement: A Case Study, Jessica M. Martorana

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

The purpose of my research is to explore, through observing students at work during literacy lessons and analyzing the responses of distributed parent, teacher and student surveys, how parent involvement affects literacy achievement. The data collected was analyzed and used to determine the impact parent involvement has on a child’s literacy achievement; and what parts of literacy are affected by parent involvement (i.e. reading, writing, fluency, comprehension…). The methods used to collect data for my research will be anecdotal notes, observations, teacher surveys, parent surveys and student interviews from three student participants over a six-week period.


Traditional Vs. Electronic Learning Environment, William T. Kaufman Jan 2015

Traditional Vs. Electronic Learning Environment, William T. Kaufman

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

The traditional learning environment and electronic learning environment are quickly being blended into some curriculum's at the elementary level. Using the qualitative comparison study this paper analyzed what type of environment was most effective for an elementary student. Three students within a second grade classroom were chosen to be observed based on current levels of performances in the areas of English – Language Arts and Mathematics. Student behavior, engagement, and academic success were all concepts that were analyzed. Parent teacher conference notes were analyzed to determine if the electronic learning program was suitable for usage outside of school hours.


Fourth And Fifth Grade Teachers’ Perspectives Of The Benefits Of Incorporating Cooperative Learning Activities, William G. Nyhof Jan 2015

Fourth And Fifth Grade Teachers’ Perspectives Of The Benefits Of Incorporating Cooperative Learning Activities, William G. Nyhof

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

I interviewed twenty-nine fourth and fifth grade teachers in a western New York school district to get their perspectives on cooperative learning activities and how they incorporate these activities into their classrooms. The teachers were provided a nine question survey where they were asked to answer questions about how they perceive cooperative learning and how they incorporate different activities into their instruction that promote social learning. I reviewed the surveys to see what the benefits of cooperative learning are in the classroom and if teachers feel those activities help their students. I found that all twenty-nine teachers surveyed believe that ...


The Declining Role Of Elementary Science Education In The United States:, Amy L. Visca Dec 2014

The Declining Role Of Elementary Science Education In The United States:, Amy L. Visca

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

Nationally, the most important goal of contemporary science education is to produce scientifically literate adults (Zimmerman, 2007). The current goal of the National Framework for K-12 science education, which is to ensure that by the end of 12th grade, all students have some appreciation of the beauty and wonder of science. This includes their ability to possess sufficient knowledge of science and engineering information to adequately engage in public discussions on related issues. These abilities will increase in time with a goal of creating a student body that is able to continue to learn about science outside school. Further, it ...


Writing Behaviors Of A 5th Grade Bilingual Student, Zachary T. Koch Oct 2014

Writing Behaviors Of A 5th Grade Bilingual Student, Zachary T. Koch

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

Significant shifts in demographics across the United States continue to impact educational demands and decisions. This article is an initial investigation of the behaviors and understandings of a bilingual student participating in an academic literacy community. In order to begin exploring my topic, I posed the question: “What traits are evident in a bilingual student’s writing at home and at school?” The participants included a 5th grade male and his mother; both speak English as a second language and are of South Korean heritage. I approached my research qualitatively; using discourse analysis of written text and oral conversation ...


The Impact Of Adapting Classroom Management On An Elementary Teacher’S Perception Of Student Behavior, Nicole L. Russo Aug 2014

The Impact Of Adapting Classroom Management On An Elementary Teacher’S Perception Of Student Behavior, Nicole L. Russo

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

This qualitative self-study focused on how an elementary teacher’s perception of student behavior changed as a result of adapting various classroom management strategies. The study was conducted in an urban elementary school. The first grade classroom consisted of 22 general education students. The teacher collected data through the use of observation notes and a research journal. At the end of the school day the teacher wrote in a research journal, reflecting on the changes made in the classroom and how her perceptions changed based on the implementation of strategic adaptations. Data were analyzed through continual interim analysis by coding ...


Choices Made By Elementary Teachers When Implementing Digital Literacies, Nicole M. Inzana May 2014

Choices Made By Elementary Teachers When Implementing Digital Literacies, Nicole M. Inzana

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

The purpose of this study was to determine what types of choices teachers make when choosing technology to implement in their ELA instruction. A funneling approach was used to collect the data over a period of six weeks. Sixteen teachers were anonymously surveyed followed by four teacher interviews. Lastly, two observations were conducted in classrooms with daily access to a class set of netbooks. Analysis of survey data, recorded interviews, and observational notes gave insight into how teachers choose literacy technologies for their students. All of the tools used in this study provided for triangulation of data revealing common themes.


Effective Literacy Based Software Programs In A 5th Grade Environment, Randall Yu May 2013

Effective Literacy Based Software Programs In A 5th Grade Environment, Randall Yu

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

As technology has evolved in our society, the same can be said for elementary literacy instruction. Students today are growing up in a technologically advanced society which offers many different modes of interacting with literacy. With the development of new online software devices, there are many opportunities for students to grow and learn about literacy in interesting ways. Teachers are often competing against computer games for the attention of their own students. What many teachers fail to see is that they need to take advantage of our students’ engagement with computer software. While traditional methods such as guided reading, read-alouds ...


Alternative Strategies For Teaching Mathematics, Nathan D. Moore Dec 2012

Alternative Strategies For Teaching Mathematics, Nathan D. Moore

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

Underachievement in mathematics is an ongoing issue in schools across America. Many students, beginning at the elementary level, are not motivated in mathematics and perform poorly. Part of the reason for this problem may be due to poor attitudes towards mathematics and poor teaching strategies in mathematics. In order to begin to remedy this problem of poor mathematics motivation and achievement, elementary teachers need to be aware and implement the best teaching practices. Research validates the best teaching practices of games, use of manipulatives, real life application, differentiated instruction, and integrating technology into mathematics instruction.

Once aware of the best ...


A Comprehensive Study Of Mathematics Anxiety, Connie E. Shannon Aug 2008

A Comprehensive Study Of Mathematics Anxiety, Connie E. Shannon

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

This thesis project addresses math anxiety from both the student’s and the educator’s perspective. It explores topics on math anxiety that include racial and gender differences, evaluating pre-service teachers, and the potential causes and solutions for this all too common challenge. The study was conducted via questionnaire with ten teachers ranging from elementary grade through high school. The teachers responded to a 12 question survey that covered their own potential math anxiety, the anxiety, if any, observed in their classrooms, and questions that asked about teaching strategies they have employed to correct or avoid math anxiety in their ...


The Way Sixth Graders' Achievement Levels Influence Their Perception Of Homework, Heather A. Demao May 2003

The Way Sixth Graders' Achievement Levels Influence Their Perception Of Homework, Heather A. Demao

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

In my Masters Graduate Thesis, I investigated if there was a relationship between a sixth grader's perception of homework and his/her academic achievement level. Six students at seven local Monroe County schools were interviewed and asked questions regarding their perceptions on homework.

I then compared the data within each academic achievement level grouping, to see if all students felt the same way or if their academic achievement level truly did influence their perception of homework.

The data was analyzed qualitatively. The results demonstrated that although there were some interesting findings among these students, there was no relationship found ...


Elementary Students’ Perceptions Of Mathematics When Multiple Intelligences Are Used In Mathematics Instruction, Cassandra Witkowski Jul 1999

Elementary Students’ Perceptions Of Mathematics When Multiple Intelligences Are Used In Mathematics Instruction, Cassandra Witkowski

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

This study explores whether student’s perceptions of mathematics change when multiple intelligences are utilized during the learning process. The project looks at seven domains of intelligence proposed by Howard Gardner including linguistic, logical-mathematical, spatial, musical, bodily-kinesthetic, interpersonal, and intrapersonal.

The active research was conducted over 11 days in a math class of 20 fifth grade students, 70% black, 15% white, and 15% Hispanic with mathematical abilities ranging from low to average. The students studied geometry in ways that implemented all seven domains. Data points included in the evaluation were: a pretest, a multiple intelligence survey, teacher notes on student ...


Children’S Self-Selection Of Books : What Reasons Do Children Give For Their Choices?, Maria Starks-Forte May 1993

Children’S Self-Selection Of Books : What Reasons Do Children Give For Their Choices?, Maria Starks-Forte

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

The purposes of this study were to discover the reasons why children choose the books they do, and to see if there was a difference in responses among first, third, and fifth grade students.

Ninety first, third, and fifth grade students participated in the task of choosing one book from several others displayed on a table. The students were asked why they chose that book. Responses were tabulated and descriptively analyzed. Results indicated familiarity with the book as the most popular reason for book choice across all three grade levels. All three grade levels had four common categories noted in ...


Prefirst Placement: Parent Attitude Survey, Patricia Zampi Aug 1989

Prefirst Placement: Parent Attitude Survey, Patricia Zampi

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

Signs of low-achievement in kindergarten students lead to difficult decisions for parents. Often parents request that their children be pushed ahead into first grade, hoping that the child will catch up. However, studies have shown that it is rare for the child to ever be able to catch up with the rest of the class. Making children repeat kindergarten is also problematic, as children are not learning any new material, and their self-confidence may be shaken seeing their peers advance ahead of them. An alternative option is to place these children into a prefirst grade class. Prefirst grade classes have ...


A Study Of Teacher Opinion Regarding Some Of The Means By Which Elementary School Science Instruction Can Be Made More Effective, David E. Czekanski Sep 1959

A Study Of Teacher Opinion Regarding Some Of The Means By Which Elementary School Science Instruction Can Be Made More Effective, David E. Czekanski

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

In this master thesis the author surveys and analyzes teacher opinion on how to best improve science instruction in the elementary school. Fifty-three elementary school teachers in East Irondequoit Central School District and 35 teachers from outer districts were polled on their opinion on how to improve science in the elementary school. Polled teachers were asked to rank specific areas of improvement according to their importance. Results indicated that the most important method of science improvement was designing a science program aimed at providing children from kindergarten through the sixth grade with a basic understanding that will enable them to ...