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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 ...


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 ...


Supporting Kindergartners’ Writing Development Through The Use Of Lucy Calkins’ Units Of Study: A Self Study, Lora K. Bower May 2014

Supporting Kindergartners’ Writing Development Through The Use Of Lucy Calkins’ Units Of Study: A Self Study, Lora K. Bower

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

Supporting Kindergartners’ Writing Development Through the Use of Lucy Calkins’ Units of Study: A Self Study

Lora Bower

Candidate for Master of Science in Education

The College at Brockport, State University of new York, 2014

Abstract

This self-study is my attempt to determine how I could use Lucy Calkins Units of Study writing curriculum to support my kindergarten students’ writing development. I conducted the research over a five-week period. Each day, I read the lesson in the Units of Study curriculum and decided which components I needed to modify so my students would find success as writers. My data collection ...


Meeting All Students’ Needs Within A Scripted Writing Curriculum: A Self-Study, Michelle A. Stewart Jan 2014

Meeting All Students’ Needs Within A Scripted Writing Curriculum: A Self-Study, Michelle A. Stewart

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

This qualitative study, conducted in a kindergarten classroom at an urban charter school, investigated what happened when a teacher implemented a scripted writing curriculum. The study sought to examine how the teacher met individual student needs within the parameters of a scripted curriculum. It also sought to examine what happens when such a scripted curriculum is used. The teacher collected data in the form of lesson plans and a research journal. Lesson plans were delivered as scripted, but at times were adapted by the teacher. Each day after lesson delivery, the teacher wrote in a research journal, reflecting on the ...


The Role Of Guided Reading On The Literacy Development Of Young Children, Elizabeth M. Hardie May 2013

The Role Of Guided Reading On The Literacy Development Of Young Children, Elizabeth M. Hardie

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

Guided reading is an opportunity for students to receive more individualized reading instruction from educators in a small group setting. Instruction is tailored to fit the needs and abilities of each student by creating a variety of small reading groups which focus on different skills and needs of that particular group. The goal of this project was to better understand the process that takes place during guided reading instruction and the impact that it has on the literacy development of young children. The project explored how a guided reading lesson was designed at the Kindergarten level. The project examined the ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


The Effect Of A Junior Kindergarten Program On Reading Comprehension, Kimberly A. Hale Aug 1993

The Effect Of A Junior Kindergarten Program On Reading Comprehension, Kimberly A. Hale

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

This study examined whether there was a statistically significant difference between the reading comprehension of students taught in a junior kindergarten and the reading comprehension of students placed directly into kindergarten at the end of three years of instruction and at the end of first grade.

The researcher compiled a list of students who attended the junior kindergarten program. Another group of students who attended regular kindergarten was randomly selected. The Comprehensive Test of Basic Skills (CTBS) reading comprehension scores were compared between transition students and their counterparts in age who were placed into regular kindergarten programs. CTBS reading comprehension ...


The Role Of The Manual Alphabet In Letter Recognition Of Kindergarten Children, Mary Katherine Waple Andriatch Apr 1993

The Role Of The Manual Alphabet In Letter Recognition Of Kindergarten Children, Mary Katherine Waple Andriatch

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

The purpose of this study was to determine if there was a difference between recall of sounds and symbols of the alphabet by students who were taught the letters of the alphabet using a manual alphabet (fingerspelling), versus recall of the sounds and symbols of the alphabet by students who were taught without fingerspelling.

Using a population of 20 regular education kindergarten students from a rural, upstate New York school district, the researcher found whether or not the manual alphabet played a role in kindergarten students' sight and symbol recognition of the alphabet.

For three consecutive weeks, the researcher taught ...


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 ...


The Relationship Between The Cognitive Style Of Field Independence/Field Dependence And The Visual Selective Attention Abilities In Kindergarten Children, Marguerite Albrecht Dec 1982

The Relationship Between The Cognitive Style Of Field Independence/Field Dependence And The Visual Selective Attention Abilities In Kindergarten Children, Marguerite Albrecht

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

This study investigated the relationship between visual selective attention and the cognitive style of field independence/dependence in 20 kindergarten children.

The students were given a visual selective attention task to determine which students were in the visual selective attention stage. Two groups of ten students each were formed; those students who were in the visual selective attention stage and those who were not. Next, students from both groups were given the Children's Embedded Figures Test (CEFT) to determine field independence/dependence.

Results were correlated using the Pearson Product Moment Correlation. Visual selective attention and field independence/dependence were ...


An Investigation Of The Visual Selective Attention Abilities Of Children Completing A Kindergarten Program, Carol Anne Cuccu Aug 1978

An Investigation Of The Visual Selective Attention Abilities Of Children Completing A Kindergarten Program, Carol Anne Cuccu

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

This study investigated the ability of children completing a kindergarten program to perform a visual selective attention task.

It also examined the data to determine if measurement of the task in the visual area would complement significantly a traditional reading readiness assessment.

Subjects were instructed to sort 25 stimulus cards according to the central feature, the Greek letter. They were told to ignore the incidental features of card shape, card background color and color of the Greek letter. The subjects were given a central score for the cards correctly grouped. After completing the task, the subjects were asked to recall ...