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An Analysis Of Self-Selected And Assigned Writing Of Third Grade Students, Marlena Marrano Oct 2002

An Analysis Of Self-Selected And Assigned Writing Of Third Grade Students, Marlena Marrano

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

The purpose of this study was to determine if there was a difference in student performance .in writing when the topic for writing was self-selected or when the topic was assigned.

Ten third-grade students from two classrooms in an urban elementary school participated in this study. During a period of ten weeks, each student produced four pieces of writing. The topic of two of the four pieces was assigned. The other two pieces were formulated from self-selected topics.

The data were analyzed to determine which individuals and class wrote more for assigned pieces and which individuals and class wrote more ...


Books-On-Tape And Word Recognition: The Effect Of Listening To Books-On-Tape On The Acquisition And Retention Of High Frequency Sight Words With At-Risk First Graders, Shawna Hochadel May 2002

Books-On-Tape And Word Recognition: The Effect Of Listening To Books-On-Tape On The Acquisition And Retention Of High Frequency Sight Words With At-Risk First Graders, Shawna Hochadel

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

This study investigated the effect that listening to books on tape has on the high frequency sight word recognition of first graders identified as at-risk. The subjects consisted of 12 at-risk urban first graders split into two equal groups of six students each. The treatment lasted for 10 weeks, and each group alternated between listening to books-on-tape and using more traditional methods such as flash cards and word games to learn the words. The high frequency sight words were chosen by the publisher of the reading series currently used in the classroom. The results of the treatment were analyzed at ...


Effects Of Interactive Writing On Student Writing Achievement In A Primary Classroom, Sheila M. Marconi May 2002

Effects Of Interactive Writing On Student Writing Achievement In A Primary Classroom, Sheila M. Marconi

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

This study looked at the effective of the interactive writing technique on primary teachers and their students over a six-month period. The study consisted of three, urban, first grade teachers and eighteen students. Teachers used a self-assessment rubric to rate themselves at the start and close of the study on how well they utilized the technique in the classroom. Teachers were also interviewed at the close of the study to determine if there were benefits or drawbacks associated with using the technique. Students were selected for the study by their performance on an emergent literacy survey. Two writing samples were ...


A Comparison Between A Trade Book And Textbook Instructional Approach In A Multiage Elementary Social Studies Class, Michael Mcgrain Apr 2002

A Comparison Between A Trade Book And Textbook Instructional Approach In A Multiage Elementary Social Studies Class, Michael Mcgrain

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

The purpose of this study was to determine the effectiveness of using trade books in a multiage social studies class on students' ability to answer targeted higher level questions. The subjects were 23 students made up of third, fourth, and fifth graders in a multiage classroom. The students were taught a 3-week unit on Native Americans using the provided social studies textbook from the school district. When they were completed with the unit they were given a.5-question essay test that consisted of targeted higher level questions about that unit that the district provided. Upon completion of this unit the ...


Developmental Spelling Analysis And Word Study: An Alternative To Traditional Spelling Programs, Stephanie Clearwater-Harney Mar 2002

Developmental Spelling Analysis And Word Study: An Alternative To Traditional Spelling Programs, Stephanie Clearwater-Harney

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

The purpose of this study was to investigate the benefits of a developmental spelling program utilizing word study as the primary mode of spelling instruction versus a homogeneously based traditional spelling program. Twenty-eight first grade students were administered a developmental spelling inventory to determine their stage of orthographic development. The stages were Preliterate Stage, Early Letter Name stage, Letter Name stage, or Within Word Pattern Stage. Fourteen students in the control group received spelling instruction in a whole group setting from their classroom teacher. A traditional spelling program including weekly spelling lists was utilized. A word study based program ...


An Investigation Into The Placement Of Fifth Grade Students With Third Grade Students In A Peer-Tutoring Environment, Debra E. Perry Jan 2002

An Investigation Into The Placement Of Fifth Grade Students With Third Grade Students In A Peer-Tutoring Environment, Debra E. Perry

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

This study was designed to see if positive self-concept benefits could be gained in a peer tutoring setting by either or both the tutor and the tutee.

The subjects consisted of 14, third and fifth grade students from a rural elementary school in Western New York. The students were given pre and post tests of the Piers-Harris Children's Self-Concept Scale to assess their overall self-concept. Students meet for ten weeks in their tutor/tutee pairs. Data were also collected from journal entries and interviews. The experimental study was analyzed using quantitative methods.

Results from the t test indicated that ...