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The Impact Of Promoting Literacy Through Educational Songs, Rachel Turner Orenberg Dec 2016

The Impact Of Promoting Literacy Through Educational Songs, Rachel Turner Orenberg

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

The purpose of this study was to determine how singing educational songs can promote literacy growth and development in emergent literacy learners. I wanted to know more about the impacts of incorporating music into education, especially when it comes to the acquisition of foundational literacy skills. While doing this research, I gained insights into different strategies and approaches that I can incorporate into my students’ literacy learning experiences.


The Importance Of The Implementation And Learning Of Spanish Language Arts, Adrializ Serrano May 2016

The Importance Of The Implementation And Learning Of Spanish Language Arts, Adrializ Serrano

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

In the United States, there are “roughly about 54 million” people who are Hispanic or of Hispanic heritage (Hispanic or Latino Populations, 2015). Of this population, there are a substantial number of children who are enrolled in schools across the country. As these students become enrolled in school, the need to accommodate for their linguistic and academic needs is greater. The purpose of Dual Language bilingual programs is to develop students' native language, while developing their second language through language arts and content instruction in both languages. The students who part take in an effective Dual Language program are privileged ...


Exploring The Implementation Of Words Their Way In A First Grade Classroom, Kathryn J. Horch Oct 2015

Exploring The Implementation Of Words Their Way In A First Grade Classroom, Kathryn J. Horch

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

This thesis explores the implementation of the program Words Their Way in a first grade classroom. I completed my study to explore the effects this program had on my students reading and writing. My research question is: How might the implementation of the program Words Their Way impact how students use their knowledge of phonics within their real reading and writing experiences?


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 ...


Case Study: A Holistic Approach In The Orthographic Development Of One Emergent Learner, Teresa I. Singh May 2015

Case Study: A Holistic Approach In The Orthographic Development Of One Emergent Learner, Teresa I. Singh

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

Spelling instruction should go beyond weekly spelling assessments. This was a learning philosophy I believed in prior to conducting this case study. Through this case study, read about how one emergent learner’s orthographic knowledge was strengthened though a holistic instructional approach. Emergent learners enter the classroom with different degrees of what they conceptualize about language and the malleability of words. With this in mind, teacher should do more than approach spelling instruction through a systemic approach that ignores what individual students are capable of and what they still need to develop. By developing spelling instruction through data collection on ...


Scaffolding And Encouraging Imaginary Play, Michelle S. Barbaro Jan 2014

Scaffolding And Encouraging Imaginary Play, Michelle S. Barbaro

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

This paper is a self-study to look at ways in which I can encourage and engage my daughter's thinking by assisting and allowing her to use her imagination and creativity during play.


Electronic Books And Emergent Literacy Development, Joseph G. Juzwiak Dec 2012

Electronic Books And Emergent Literacy Development, Joseph G. Juzwiak

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

As we move further into the 21st century and beyond, the push to integrate technology into classrooms is becoming ever more apparent. Government is now moving towards making this integration a requirement through state and nationwide initiatives. As teachers scramble to become familiar with new and improved technological resources, many are turning to electronic books (e-Books) to meet their needs. While e-Books seem to be a logical source as they are essentially electronic versions of the paperback texts we already know and love, there seems to be a growing concern amongst researchers in the field as to their effectiveness ...


A Kindergarten Teacher's Exploration Of Independent Learning Activities, Nicole A. Vaughn Aug 2012

A Kindergarten Teacher's Exploration Of Independent Learning Activities, Nicole A. Vaughn

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

The focus of this thesis project was to gain insight and understanding of the types of independent learning activities that are developmentally appropriate and meaningful for kindergarten students during a guided reading ELA block and to discover ways to engage students in independent literacy activities that extend and enhance their literacy development. In the study, the following questions were addressed - How are independent learning activities developmentally appropriate for kindergartners to promote literacy development? What types of independent learning activities promote the literacy development of kindergartners? Throughout this six week study a qualitative research design was utilized. The teacher-researcher, created the ...


Incorporating Literacy Props In Preschool Play, Andrea Guck May 2012

Incorporating Literacy Props In Preschool Play, Andrea Guck

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

During my initial observations of my classroom where I will be conducting my six-week study, I noticed that my preschoolers could be participating in more literacy-related activities as they play in the different centers. It is clear that the preschoolers are engaging in oral language, yet there are many other opportunities for literacy-based play that could be occurring. My goal for this study is to incorporate developmentally appropriate literacy activities into center-based play. I plan to spend six weeks observing in my preschool classroom where I will gather data in the form of observations, field notes, and interviews of preschool ...


How Does Incorporating Multi-Sensory Approaches Into Literacy Instruction Influence The Literacy Development Of Preschoolers?, Jennifer Stonier Jan 2012

How Does Incorporating Multi-Sensory Approaches Into Literacy Instruction Influence The Literacy Development Of Preschoolers?, Jennifer Stonier

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

According to Marie Clay (2005), preschoolers know something about the world of print because of their environments. Viewing or experiencing environmental print, the print, symbols, and logos, which surrounds young children on a daily basis, is just one of the ways through which they start to understand that there is meaning behind a symbol or that print carries meaning. During this developmental stage, children are beginning to understand sound-symbol relationship (Pullen & Justice, 2003) and to associate sounds and letters with their name or with environmental print around them. They begin to manipulate those sounds to form sentences and express their ...


The Effect Of Family Literacy On Kindergarten Success, Tracey Miranda Burgio Nov 2011

The Effect Of Family Literacy On Kindergarten Success, Tracey Miranda Burgio

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

The Effect of Family Literacy on Kindergarten Success study took place in a rural school district located in western New York. Five students were randomly chosen out of a kindergarten class that contained sixteen students. Parent surveys, a teacher interview and four classroom observations were conducted in order to collect research. Data was analyzed and four conclusions were made. Conversation is an important part of students' success in kindergarten. Parents included creative responses when answering what types of literacy activities they participate in with their children. Few parents reported daily reading and writing activities with their children. Lastly, it was ...


Science Vocabulary Achievement For English Language Learners, Krista Miglorie Dec 2009

Science Vocabulary Achievement For English Language Learners, Krista Miglorie

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

A growing trend in American education suggests a rising population of students who do not speak English as their native language. Vocabulary development for these students is a necessary building block for future academic achievement. Since literacy depends on language acquisition, this research was undertaken with a focus on students within the English Learner Language population. School districts, pressured by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, are exploring ways to lessen the achievement gap. The purpose of this specific study, then, was to research potential instructional strategies for pre-kindergarten students who are English Language Learners (ELLS). The central ...


Environmental Print In Kindergarten: How Reading One's Surroundings Influences Early Literacy Development, Lisa Burgin Aug 2009

Environmental Print In Kindergarten: How Reading One's Surroundings Influences Early Literacy Development, Lisa Burgin

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

Whether found on billboards, containers, road signs or labels, environmental print is all around us. It is the text of one’s everyday world. This project probes the question of how environmental print impacts kindergarteners' literacy development - oral language, reading and writing abilities. It discusses the school-home connection (based on environmental print) and its impact on students' literacy development. It explores the perceived self-awareness of kindergartners as both readers and writers. The purpose of the research was the examination of how students' spontaneously use environmental print as well as how they respond to activities initiated in the classroom.

The project ...


All-N-One Learning Boxes, Sherry Susanne Coleman Starowitz Dec 2008

All-N-One Learning Boxes, Sherry Susanne Coleman Starowitz

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

Acknowledging the reality that education starts in the home, this study focuses on understanding effective methods as a means to increase parental involvement for those who have limited resources and knowledge of child development. The project examines the Early Intervention population, birth through age two specifically, as identified in the Individuals with Disabilities Act: Part C. Since Early Intervention classrooms have the added challenge of a short window of time for instruction with the majority of the student’s time spent in the home with family, who may or may not be prepared, or able to assist in academic, learning ...


Building Fluency Of Sight Words, Nadia Marzouk Aug 2008

Building Fluency Of Sight Words, Nadia Marzouk

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

Words surround us. Many words, classified as high frequency words, make up a large percentage of the text we encounter on a daily basis. Educators understand the importance of recognition, memorization, and comprehension of these high frequency words as it contributes to improved reading ability in beginning readers. Teaching high frequency words supports student knowledge of language structure, speech patterns, and the language of the books we read. This thesis project asks the question - can kindergarten students master, identify, and read high frequency words in a text? The study explored the effectiveness of teaching kindergarten students sight word vocabulary in ...


Using A Teacher Website To Communicate More Effectively With Kindergarten Parents, Laura Anne Williams Swanson Aug 2008

Using A Teacher Website To Communicate More Effectively With Kindergarten Parents, Laura Anne Williams Swanson

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

Research in academic success and communication demonstrates a direct link between student achievement and parental involvement. Keeping parents informed of routines, fieldtrips, assignments, and the like, in addition to performance expectations, can present a challenge to educators and schools. Typically school districts use generic strategies in the form of phone calls, paper newsletters, calendars, and oral presentations to keep parents informed. Unfortunately these strategies are not always practical as this type of documentation and presentation has a limited lifespan. This research study explores parent perspective on necessary classroom and school information and communication in order to assess the efficacy and ...


The Benefits Of Social Stories In A Prekindergarten Classroom, Tami Lynne Beaumont May 2008

The Benefits Of Social Stories In A Prekindergarten Classroom, Tami Lynne Beaumont

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

There is evidence to support the benefits of using social stories for increasing social growth of children with autism. However, there has been little research done on the benefits of using social stories for children with low oral and/or social skills. This research examined the possible benefits of social stories with children in a regular education prekindergarten, Head Start classroom of non-autistic children. A target behavior of hand washing was selected for the seventeen children in the classroom to work on. The classroom teacher created a social story that would tell the children when they should be washing their ...


How Do Children's Early Literacy Experiences Impact Their First Year Of Schooling?, Ashley E. Morath Aug 2007

How Do Children's Early Literacy Experiences Impact Their First Year Of Schooling?, Ashley E. Morath

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

Through my research, I will explore the notion of family literacy. Students' early literacy experiences don't suddenly begin when they start their first year of schooling. What happens from the time children are born until they reach their first year at school? Early literacy experiences begin at home where children explore diverse family literacy experiences. The objective of my project is to take a closer look at students' home literacy experiences. More specifically, I will be focusing on how when one discovers children's home literacy environments and experiences it may offer opportunities to enhance learning during their first ...


Balanced Literacy: What Traits Are Typically Displayed In A Balanced Literacy Classroom?, Jonathan D. Priset May 2003

Balanced Literacy: What Traits Are Typically Displayed In A Balanced Literacy Classroom?, Jonathan D. Priset

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

This study was designed to understand the components of balanced literacy and to see how these components were utilized within several primary school classrooms.

The study involved nine primary school teachers from a suburban, western New York school district. Four were kindergarten teachers and five were first grade teachers. The school district as well as the teachers, promoted balanced literacy.

The design of this study helped bring an understanding to the different components of balanced literacy. As teachers were observed and interviewed, the framework of balanced literacy was exposed. A questionnaire also allowed each teacher to share how often she ...


Emerging Readers: A Look Into Emergent Literacy Scores Of Kindergarten Students Who Attended An Urban School District Pre-Kindergarten And Their Classmates, Kara Passamonte Apr 2003

Emerging Readers: A Look Into Emergent Literacy Scores Of Kindergarten Students Who Attended An Urban School District Pre-Kindergarten And Their Classmates, Kara Passamonte

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

The purpose of this study was to determine the effect of pre-kindergarten on emergent literacy scores of children at an urban school. The need for the study was prompted by experts in early childhood about whether children that attended prekindergarten had an advantage over their peers that entered kindergarten without the prekindergarten experience.

Forty-seven kindergarten students who attend school in an, urban school district in upstate New York were the subjects in the study. Twenty-three of those students attended pre-kindergarten and twenty-four entered kindergartens without prekindergarten. The Emergent Literacy Survey was administered to all forty-seven subjects in September and November ...


An Investigation Of What Parents Of Kindergarten Children Would Do With And For Their Children Before Entering Kindergarten, Kristen Anderson May 2002

An Investigation Of What Parents Of Kindergarten Children Would Do With And For Their Children Before Entering Kindergarten, Kristen Anderson

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

The purpose of this study was to investigate what parents of kindergarten children would do with or for their children before entering kindergarten given no restraints on time, money and opportunity. Five hundred questionnaires were sent out to parents of kindergarten children in suburban, rural, inner city, and urban school districts. The data were compared and categorized. Two bar graphs were made to show the results. The results of this study suggest that parents of kindergarten children have similar views on what a child should know and experience before entering kindergarten, with the emphasis being on academics and socialization.


Comparing The Effects Of Storybook Reading And Storytelling On Preschoolers' And Kindergartners' Ability To Answer Comprehension Questions, Erin Elizabeth Brewer May 1998

Comparing The Effects Of Storybook Reading And Storytelling On Preschoolers' And Kindergartners' Ability To Answer Comprehension Questions, Erin Elizabeth Brewer

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

The purpose of this study was to compare preschoolers' and kindergartners' ability to comprehend a story as a result of either having read to them from a book or having orally told them a story. A second purpose of this study was to examine each age group individually to see if age played a factor in their comprehension of the stories with relation to the two methods of presenting the stories.

The books were introduced before they were presented. Two methods of presentation were used: reading a story from the book, or telling a story orally, without the book. In ...


Comparing The Relationship Of Verbal Imaging Instructions And Kindergartners' Abilities To Retell A Story, Sheelarani P. Webster Aug 1997

Comparing The Relationship Of Verbal Imaging Instructions And Kindergartners' Abilities To Retell A Story, Sheelarani P. Webster

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

The purpose of this study was to determine if there was a statistically significant difference in kindergartners' abilities to retell a story when they were given verbal imaging instructions as compared to retelling a story when no verbal imaging instructions were given. The subjects of this study were twenty-six kindergarten children attending an urban school district in Western New York State.

The subjects listened to a chapter of a story and were asked to retell the structural elements in the chapter. The same subjects listened to another chapter of the same story, comparable in length and complexity, but this time ...


Does Grouping Based On Gender Affect A Child's Sight Word Recognition Ability And Their Affective Domain?, Tracy L. Watts Aug 1997

Does Grouping Based On Gender Affect A Child's Sight Word Recognition Ability And Their Affective Domain?, Tracy L. Watts

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

The purpose of this study was to see if gender grouping could affect a student’s ability to increase his or her sight word recognition and to examine its connection to the affective domain. The subjects of this study received reading instruction in both single and dual sex groups. The subjects responded to a questionnaire regarding the affective domain.

The findings of the study imply that the treatment used did not solely affect the recognition of sight words. Both groups showed an increase in the recognition of sight words. The findings of this study do indicate that there was an ...


What Three-, Four-, And Five-Year-Olds Do In A Classroom Library Corner: Interactions With Books, Deborah Jill Buddle Aug 1994

What Three-, Four-, And Five-Year-Olds Do In A Classroom Library Corner: Interactions With Books, Deborah Jill Buddle

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

This study looked at the types of interactions three-, four-, and five-year-olds had with books in a preschool classroom library corner. This study took place in a rural cooperative preschool program consisting of 21 students.

Questions addressed were:

  1. What percentage of time spent in the library corner was actually spent interacting with books?
  2. What Interactions did students have with books in the library corner?
  3. What percentage of time spent in the library corner was spent on each type of interaction with books?

The data were collected over 32 classroom observation periods. Each observation took place during center time which was ...


An Investigation Of Racial Attitudes Among White Pre-Service Teachers, Diantha B. Joiner May 1994

An Investigation Of Racial Attitudes Among White Pre-Service Teachers, Diantha B. Joiner

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

The purpose of this study was to examine White American prospective teachers' racial attitudes about African Americans. In the age of multiculturalism, it is important to address the issue of racism and racial attitudes among educators. Racism continues to influence many aspects of American society, particularly education. Though the face of racism has changed from its blatant forms, it is now manifested in more subtle forms, and has thus been named "new" racism. This study investigated the level of "new" racism among White American prospective teachers enrolled in a teacher education program. Jacobson's "New" Racism Scale was used to ...


Preschool Teachers’ Stated Approaches To Imaginary Companion Behavior Among Preschool Students, Sharon Rose Stevens Dec 1992

Preschool Teachers’ Stated Approaches To Imaginary Companion Behavior Among Preschool Students, Sharon Rose Stevens

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

The purpose of this study was to examine the responses of preschool teachers toward students with imaginary companions, in particular, their reactions to situations involving imaginary companions in the classroom settings.

Past research has focused on reflections of individuals who have had imaginary companions in childhood. Professional attitudes toward these children have ranged from very positive to suggestive of mental illness, requiring treatment.

The subjects were 27 female preschool teachers currently teaching nursery school in the western New York region. Eight hypothetical imaginary companion scenarios were devised. Each scenario was comprised of three to five short sentences. Subjects responded to ...


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 ...