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A Study Of The Effect Of Baroque Classical Music On Pre-First Graders’ Performance On A Group Reading Test, Carol M. Mcmahon Dec 1993

A Study Of The Effect Of Baroque Classical Music On Pre-First Graders’ Performance On A Group Reading Test, Carol M. Mcmahon

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

The purpose of this study was to determine if the playing of Baroque Classical music during the administration of a group reading test would affect the performance of Pre-first graders on the test.

Statistical analysis of control and experimental reading scores of Pre-first graders on the Gates-MacGinite Reading Test revealed the following results. The playing of Baroque Classical music during testing did not significantly affect reading scores. Although no statistically significant change in reading achievement occurred, a trend towards improvement was apparent. This trend was evidenced by an overall increase in stanine score among the students.

Small sample size and ...


The Correlation Of Reading Outside School And Reading Proficiency, Tonya M. Lustumbo Dec 1993

The Correlation Of Reading Outside School And Reading Proficiency, Tonya M. Lustumbo

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

The purpose of this study was to investigate the relationship between time spent reading outside of school and reading proficiency, as measured by the Reading Comprehension component of the California Achievement Test. The underlying philosophy of this research stressed that the best way to develop reading ability is to provide abundant opportunity for experiencing reading. The research was conducted at a small, rural school in western New York State. As part of the recreational reading program, Book-It!, students were required to record the amount of reading they did outside of school each day for five months. The students' reading proficiency ...


Self-Concept Assessment Of Linguistically Diverse Students, Rebecca Rauscher-Bethlendy Dec 1993

Self-Concept Assessment Of Linguistically Diverse Students, Rebecca Rauscher-Bethlendy

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

The purpose of this study was to determine whether or not students of linguistically diverse backgrounds tend to have lower self-concepts, particularly in the academic setting, than those students who are from "standard" English linguistic backgrounds. This study took into account the students' linguistic backgrounds; the language most frequently used in the home, whether it is "standard" English, Black English, Spanish, or any other language. It was the premise of this researcher that if a child's first language or dialect deviates from the "standard," which is typically valued and emphasized in the classroom and the society at large, then ...


Reading Achievement Of General Education Children In Blended Classes, Dawn J. Squicciarini Aug 1993

Reading Achievement Of General Education Children In Blended Classes, Dawn J. Squicciarini

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

Using 64, sixth grade students from a rural Western New York school district, the examiner attempted to determine if the current practice of integrating special needs students into the regular classroom has any effect on the reading achievement of the general education student. To accomplish this, the examiner found two comparable groups from the current sixth grade class. Group A was the integrated students and Group B was the traditional students. The total reading scores from annual standardized reading tests were compared.

Using a calculated t test, the data showed no statistically significant difference in achievement between the two test ...


A Study Of The Relationship Between Personal Involvement In Writing Topics And Self-Esteem, Lisa T. Wells Aug 1993

A Study Of The Relationship Between Personal Involvement In Writing Topics And Self-Esteem, Lisa T. Wells

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

The purpose of this study was to determine if children with a low self-esteem rating chose fact-based topics in which they were personally involved less often than students with a high self-esteem rating.

The subjects of this study were 50 students from grades two through six of a rural school district in Western New York. One classroom from each grade level was administered the Piers-Harris

Children’s Self-Concept Scale. Students whose raw scores fell within the five lowest and five highest extremes of their class were used as subjects for the study. The writing folders of these subjects were collected ...


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 ...


Teachers’ Targets For Reading Instruction And What These Suggest, Sharon L. Rakoski May 1993

Teachers’ Targets For Reading Instruction And What These Suggest, Sharon L. Rakoski

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

Teacher's belief systems and philosophies are formulated through professional development, reading current theory and daily interaction with children and materials. Researchers agree that teachers need an understanding of their belief systems in order to match these beliefs with effective instruction. This study examined teachers' belief systems as well as their targets or goals for reading instruction.

A Likert-type survey was created and answered by approximately 40 randomly selected faculty members from a rural western New York school district, representing a wide range of experience levels in grades K through 6. Teachers were also given the opportunity to freely respond ...


The Relationship Between The Child’S Concept Of Reading And Reading Comprehension Performance, Lynda S. Faulks Apr 1993

The Relationship Between The Child’S Concept Of Reading And Reading Comprehension Performance, Lynda S. Faulks

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

The purpose of this research was to investigate the relationship between the child's concept of reading and reading comprehension performance. The subjects were forty fourth grade students from four different types of schools (parochial, private, public urban, and public suburban) in western New York. The child's concept of reading was studied during an interview procedure. The child's reading comprehension performance was measured by his/her raw score on the New York State Reading Pupil Evaluation Program (PEP) Test.

After testing the null hypothesis at the .05 level of significance, it was found that there was not a ...


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 ...