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The Inclusion Of Media Literacy In The English Curriculum, Nicole Manioci Aug 2018

The Inclusion Of Media Literacy In The English Curriculum, Nicole Manioci

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

Today, the digital world is ever changing. Teenagers all over the world are hypnotized by their tech-savvy devices. Their free time is spent on their smartwatches, cell phones, computers, or in front of their televisions and video games. When they arrive at school, they are expected to have the devices stored away and not have contact at all during the time they are at school. These students have lost their desire and passion for learning. The students need to have new and engaging ways to learn in the classroom, especially in English. Students have become disinterested in the teacher’s ...


Twins’ Literacy Development In A Home Child Care, Elisabeth Tytler May 2017

Twins’ Literacy Development In A Home Child Care, Elisabeth Tytler

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

This research focuses on a set of five year old twin girls in a home child care environment, where play and oral language are essential components to their literacy development.The purpose of this study was to understand how each twin is developing her emergent literacy skills situated in her play and the environmental factors that are impacting her language development. Data were collected for this study over a period of 4 weeks using a parent’s survey, interviews, artifacts, observation notes, and transcribed audio-recordings.


The Use Of Ipads In The Literacy Learning Of Students With Adhd, Samantha German May 2017

The Use Of Ipads In The Literacy Learning Of Students With Adhd, Samantha German

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

This research explores the use of literacy learning with technological devices with students with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). The purpose of this research was to implement technology in the classroom more efficiently in literacy instruction and to make sure students with diverse needs are reached through learning with technology. Data were collected for this study over a period of six weeks of six sessions using semi-structured interviews, observations notes, and student retelling notes of one on one tutoring sessions. Data were analyzed to see if technology impacts student engagement and comprehension while reading.


Playing With Literacy, Kailey Rozzi May 2017

Playing With Literacy, Kailey Rozzi

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

This is a qualitative research study that examines how the act of play influences the development of literacy skills. The research is formatted as a case study of a single five-year-old child from Western New York. Data were collected over the course of five weeks, with ten total observations of the focal child in his home environment. Data collection methods include interviews, observations of the focal child playing independently, observations of the focal child playing collaboratively, as well as the use of double entry journals and a cell phone for audio recordings. From the data, three major findings were discovered ...


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 ...


Ipad & Paper: Teacher Perceptions Of Tablet Literacy Outcomes On Middle School Students, Matthew Rockefeller May 2017

Ipad & Paper: Teacher Perceptions Of Tablet Literacy Outcomes On Middle School Students, Matthew Rockefeller

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

Since the development of the first mass-produced iPad in 2010, American tablet ownership has skyrocketed both within our homes and now within K-12 public schools throughout the United States. Yet as 1:1 classroom technology has transformed from an anomaly to a mere commonplace expectation in many regions of the country in just seven years, the questions arises as to how tablet use may be impacting the overall reading and writing of our students. Through two data sets, this study uses a convenience sampling of 22 middle school teachers to analyze their perceptions on the ways in which they believe ...


Gaining Perspective: Social Media’S Impact On Adolescent Literacy Development, Kayla Swan May 2017

Gaining Perspective: Social Media’S Impact On Adolescent Literacy Development, Kayla Swan

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

This qualitative study explores both teacher and student perspectives of social media’s impact on adolescent literacy development. In addition, it also investigates perspectives concerning if and how social media could be integrated into a classroom to improve student literacy skills. Research remains in dispute regarding the impact of social media use on literacy skills, as there are studies that claim social media both positively and negatively impacts students’ skills. Surveys of both teachers and students as well as semi-structured interviews of students were given and analyzed to gain insight concerning both the impact of social media on literacy skills ...


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.


Identification And Literacy: The Way Children Identify Themselves As Literacy Learners, Kristina M. Roberts May 2017

Identification And Literacy: The Way Children Identify Themselves As Literacy Learners, Kristina M. Roberts

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

This research takes a closer look into the implementation of explicit instruction in adopting a Growth Mindset and how it can affect students’ literacy identity. It also explores how students identify themselves as literacy learners. The purpose of this study is to learn more about how students identify themselves as literacy learners. Furthermore, this study looks into the impact of explicitly teaching reading strategies and Growth Mindset. This research also looks into finding ways for students to move away from negatively identifying themselves as readers. Data were collected for this study over a period of six weeks using the students ...


Teacher Attitudes Towards Integrating Technology In Literacy Instruction, Derek Peterson May 2017

Teacher Attitudes Towards Integrating Technology In Literacy Instruction, Derek Peterson

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

This research study explores the use of one-to-one technological devices in the classroom during literacy instruction. The purpose of this study was to learn more about teacher attitudes towards using technology during this instructional time. Data were collected over a 5-week period including student artifacts or work that was created on Chromebooks during literacy instruction and semi-structured interviews with teachers. Data were analyzed to determine how the devices were used in the classroom, teacher attitudes towards using the Chromebooks, and how professional development impacted teachers’ use of the technology.


The Impact Of Metacognitive Learning Of Reading On Students’ Cross Curricular Success, Katherine Bretsch Apr 2017

The Impact Of Metacognitive Learning Of Reading On Students’ Cross Curricular Success, Katherine Bretsch

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

This paper explores the impact of metacognitive learning on students’ abilities to apply literacy skills across the curriculum. The research questions led to findings more complex than the idea of metacognition affecting student learning. Moreover, the literature review explores the ‘how’ while the findings explore the ‘why’. Through triangulation and constant comparison of three data sources, I deduced three findings, including; the development of metacognition, the most observable transfer of skills to non-literacy based subjects, and metacognition as it related to classroom management. This qualitative research study digests how routine metacognition supports students in transferring skills specifically related to reading.


How Choice Influences Student Engagement And Motivation: A Case Study, Natalie K. Memmel Dec 2016

How Choice Influences Student Engagement And Motivation: A Case Study, Natalie K. Memmel

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

This capstone explores how choice influences student motivation and engagement in literacy. With observations, student and parent interviews, literacy based activities, and a student self-reflection. The participant is studied based on his motivation and engagement when choice is provided and when it is not. The parent participant is studied based on her parental involvement and influence on the student participant. The purpose of this study is to gain insight on how to implement choice for this specific student in and outside of the classroom, and how that influences his motivation and engagement in literacy. The study also aims to get ...


Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder And Reading Comprehension: What Works And What Does Not?, Hannah Kruger Dec 2016

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder And Reading Comprehension: What Works And What Does Not?, Hannah Kruger

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

This qualitative case study explores the impact Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder has upon literacy learning. The purpose of this research is to not only explore the nature of FASD, but also aid in expanding the understanding of teachers and educators regarding particular teaching and learning strategies that may address the unique literacy needs of students diagnosed with FASD. Four reading comprehension strategies were introduced to the research participant over twelve weeks; the participant indicated that two of the strategies were most beneficial because they were not only highly structured, but also contained clear steps to follow, allowing for greater ease ...


Factors That Influence The Gap In Literacy Achievement For Emergent Literacy Male Students, Samantha Tumminelli Dec 2016

Factors That Influence The Gap In Literacy Achievement For Emergent Literacy Male Students, Samantha Tumminelli

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

The article discusses the need of utilizing student choice in literacy materials within the classroom, especially with emerging male students. It states the gender gap that is seen between male and female students, and how important it is to attempt to close that gap. The author explores the role that student choice has on increasing student engagement, and levels of interest.


Technology Effects On Motivation To Read: A Case Study Through Teacher Candidates, Jessica West Dec 2016

Technology Effects On Motivation To Read: A Case Study Through Teacher Candidates, Jessica West

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

Technology is increasingly affecting literacy engagement of everyone. It is the job of the teacher to bring technology and literacy into the classroom, as this increases motivation and engagement. Using a series of interviews, a survey, and a daily-log, participants were examined in order to collect qualitative data on motivation to read through technology and technology usage in the classroom. It has been determined that 1.) Social networking is a daily involvement, 2.) Readers are motivated through choice, and 3.) Social networking in the classroom is dependent by many factors. More specifically, reading is motivated through social networks by the ...


Parent Involvement In An Urban Head Start Classroom, Stephanie Whitmire May 2016

Parent Involvement In An Urban Head Start Classroom, Stephanie Whitmire

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

The purpose of this study is to investigate how to build a stronger connection between home and school literacy in preschool. To do this, I interviewed parents of my students to talk about the types of activities they do at home with their child. I also wanted to find out what barriers or challenges they face in being involved with their child’s education, and how I can help support them to help overcome the challenges. In doing this, I hope to create a stronger relationship with the families, and learn more about their funds of knowledge in order to ...


Fiction Reader: A Case Study Documenting The Impact Reading Fiction Has On One Child’S Literacy, Gregory P. Cost May 2016

Fiction Reader: A Case Study Documenting The Impact Reading Fiction Has On One Child’S Literacy, Gregory P. Cost

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

This qualitative research case study explores the impact that fiction reading has had on one 10 year-old child’s literacy experience and learning. The Common Core State Standards have been adopted across the United States; the Standards prescribe educational milestones for each grade level, K-12. Literature and informational texts are represented throughout the State Standards for English Language Arts. The purpose of this study is to explore and observe one elementary-level student’s interactions with literary, fiction texts, in order to learn about the impact fiction reading has had on the child’s literacy experience. Within this qualitative research study ...


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.


Literacy Strategies To Challenge Advanced Readers, Gabrielle Marianetti May 2016

Literacy Strategies To Challenge Advanced Readers, Gabrielle Marianetti

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

This qualitative self-study explores teaching practices that have been proven to assist teachers in making the general education curriculum challenging for advanced readers in their classrooms. It discusses who advanced readers are, evidence-based practices to teach gifted/advanced readers, and a reflective dialogue on one teacher’s utilization of multiple strategies.


Involvement Matters, Sarah Zink May 2016

Involvement Matters, Sarah Zink

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

This project examines how parents’ past educational experiences affect how they help their children at home with literacy. To conduct this study, I sent home open-ended surveys to parents in my second grade classroom that pertain to parents’ knowledge, beliefs, and how they contribute to their current involvement with their children’s literacy activities at home. Along with the survey, I interviewed second grade students with open-ended questions to uncover their perception of interactions and involvement of their parents at home. Analysis uncovered common themes across the data. Previous literature shows that there is a connection between parent involvement and ...


Integrating Social Studies And Literacy Through Project-Based Learning, Katie L. French Apr 2016

Integrating Social Studies And Literacy Through Project-Based Learning, Katie L. French

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

Inspired by a phrase commonly heard in schools, “I’m never going to use this in real life,” this paper focuses on how students make real-world connections through project-based learning (PBL). Specifically, research is focused on how middle school teachers efficiently and effectively integrate social studies and literacy through PBL in addition to any challenges and successes they experienced. By observing and interviewing teachers who have implemented PBL, I found that there was an increased amount of motivation and positive attitudes towards the work, as well as a shifting role between the teacher and the students.


Curriculum Redesign With An Emphasis On Mathematical Literacy In An 8th Grade Function Unit, Caitlin A. Mosher Dec 2015

Curriculum Redesign With An Emphasis On Mathematical Literacy In An 8th Grade Function Unit, Caitlin A. Mosher

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

Most teachers in the United States are going through a paradigm shift. Teachers have to switch from using the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) Standards or State Standards to the Common Core State Standards. With this shift in standards, teachers are now creating new curriculum that follow the CCSS. This thesis provides a unit on function that is aligned with CCSS. This unit has an emphasis on mathematical literacy to help students have a deeper understanding of the concepts they are learning.


Exploring Social Development In A Child With Autism Who Uses The Language Acquisition Through Motor Planning (Lamp) Treatment Approach, Danielle L. Giangrasso Dec 2015

Exploring Social Development In A Child With Autism Who Uses The Language Acquisition Through Motor Planning (Lamp) Treatment Approach, Danielle L. Giangrasso

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

This study reviews how the communication device called Language Acquisition through Motor Planning (LAMP) influenced a specific child’s social development. The child in this study has autism and communicates nonverbally. I collected qualitative and quantitative data by recording field note observations, tracking behavioral data such as eye contact and social initiation, and having participants who personally know the child complete a survey regarding their thoughts on this topic. Findings were derived from the research. The findings were 1) socialization occurs more with adults, 2) LAMP gives opportunities to socialize, 3) communication occurs mostly when there is a highly motivating ...


Anti-Bullying Interventions In The Middle School Literacy Instruction, Ashley Fotopoulos Oct 2015

Anti-Bullying Interventions In The Middle School Literacy Instruction, Ashley Fotopoulos

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

I conducted this analytical literature review to examine various forms of literature to gain a deeper understanding about bullying in the middle school setting. Various quantitative and qualitative research studies were examined to determine how schools are implementing anti-bullying intervention methods into the literacy instruction. A comparative analysis was done to compare other schools’ intervention methods such as Positive Behavior Intervention Supports (PBIS) and Safe School Ambassador Training (SSA). Lastly, future recommendations and considerations are made to further implement anti-bullying intervention into the literacy instruction.


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 ...


Technology Enhancing Kindergarten Students’ Literacy Skills In Math, Alannah N. Heale Aug 2015

Technology Enhancing Kindergarten Students’ Literacy Skills In Math, Alannah N. Heale

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

I planned my methods and procedures in an effort to gain understanding of how technology affects instruction and learning of reading and writing in mathematics. I also focused my research on determining the impact that incorporating technology into mathematics can have on motivation in learning. In order to explore the impact technology can have on math instruction; I randomly selected three five year old students from my kindergarten classroom for a six week time frame during the Fall of 2014. I collected data through use of a variety of observations, audio tools, assessments, and interviews, as participant’s utilized technology ...


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 ...


Parents’ Perceptions Of Literacy And Its Impact On Student Learning, Samantha M. Switzer May 2015

Parents’ Perceptions Of Literacy And Its Impact On Student Learning, Samantha M. Switzer

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

The purpose of this qualitative research project is to investigate into the ways of how the involvement and engagement of parents who live in environments of low socioeconomic status may be reflected in the literacy learning and development of their preschool child. Numerous explorations have been conducted on this topic by different researchers; however the method of compiled data was sorted and gathered in a unique way. The researcher observed the preschool classroom on a daily basis for a six week span and was able to see the genuine behaviors and developments of the children. Many questions were researched and ...


Single-Sex Classrooms: Effects Of Boys’ Achievement A Meta-Analysis, Alisha A. Duffina May 2015

Single-Sex Classrooms: Effects Of Boys’ Achievement A Meta-Analysis, Alisha A. Duffina

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

Research has shown that there is an increasing achievement gap occurring within the boy population regardless of age, ethnicity, or culture. They are differing reasons as to why this may be occurring, some being; poor literacy education in lower grades, dismissal of reading instruction in the upper grades, a lack of appropriate role models for boys, insufficient desirable text for boys, and unrealistic expectations pushed on boys too soon. A strategy in addressing this problem that is becoming increasingly popular is the implementation of single-sex classrooms. There is much debate on whether this is an effective strategy as researchers attempt ...


Literacy Strategies For Increasing A Kindergartener’S Letter Identification And Letter Sound Recognition: A Self-Study, Melissa Schultz May 2015

Literacy Strategies For Increasing A Kindergartener’S Letter Identification And Letter Sound Recognition: A Self-Study, Melissa Schultz

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

In this research study I explored best early childhood literacy practices and approaches to use to aid in early childhood students’ acquisition of early literacy skills. This study was conducted as a self-study to answer the question what are the literacy strategies and best practices that are effective for teaching alphabet knowledge? My study was conducted using a qualitative, narrative based approach through the daily journaling of my observations, feelings and wonderings. My study was an improvement-aimed study designed to improve my ability to support my students who struggle with the letter identification and letter sound acquisition. Daily observations were ...