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A Study Of The Correlation Between Sixth Grade Students' Attitudes Toward Reading And Their Performance On A Standardized Test, Gina M. Laniak Dec 1998

A Study Of The Correlation Between Sixth Grade Students' Attitudes Toward Reading And Their Performance On A Standardized Test, Gina M. Laniak

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

The purpose of this study was to determine if there is a statistically significant correlation between sixth grade students' attitudes toward reading and their standardized test scores. More specifically, the area in question was whether a significant relationship existed between how well students scored on an exam and how much they enjoyed reading. The subjects consisted of 75 sixth graders who had not repeated the grade nor were in Special Education. All of the subjects took the DRP exam in May of 1998 and were given the Elementary Reading Attitude Survey in September of 1998. Four teachers and their classes ...


What Are The Attitudes And Opinions Of School Personnel In Reference To The School Breakfast And Lunch Programs In Elementary Schools?, Mae T. Jones Dec 1998

What Are The Attitudes And Opinions Of School Personnel In Reference To The School Breakfast And Lunch Programs In Elementary Schools?, Mae T. Jones

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

The purpose of this study was to determine perceptions of some school personnel regarding the Breakfast and Lunch Programs in their elementary schools. Also, the purpose of investigating the perceptions of current school personnel was to determine if the findings concur with existing research. The findings of this study were compared to previous research data, which focuses on the school personnel comments regarding their perceptions of what is considered a quality School Breakfast and Lunch Program in their elementary school. This study includes a research-designed questionnaire, which was administered to 67 voluntary participants in a city school district in western ...


First And Second Grade, Bilingual (Spanish/English-Speaking) And Monolingual (English-Speaking) Teachers’ Evaluations Of What They Consider Basic Elements Of An Adequate Early Intervention Reading Program For The Population They Serve, Michelle Karam Dec 1998

First And Second Grade, Bilingual (Spanish/English-Speaking) And Monolingual (English-Speaking) Teachers’ Evaluations Of What They Consider Basic Elements Of An Adequate Early Intervention Reading Program For The Population They Serve, Michelle Karam

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

The purpose of this study was to examine the evaluated elements of an adequate early intervention reading program for bilingual (Spanish/English-speaking) and monolingual (English-speaking) students, as viewed by their first or second grade, bilingual or monolingual teacher. Fifteen bilingual and fifteen monolingual, first and second grade teachers (N=30) from three area urban school districts constituted the subjects of this study. An anonymous survey was sent to each of the thirty teachers. From a listing of key components of a reading program, teachers rated each of the fifteen elements they felt as being most important to the population they ...


Students’ Perceptions For The Use Of Computers In Elementary Schools, David Thomas Richardson Aug 1998

Students’ Perceptions For The Use Of Computers In Elementary Schools, David Thomas Richardson

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

In this thesis, the author examines Rochester public school students’ perceptions of computer use in the classroom and at home, given their very limited access to school computers. The researcher surveyed 152 students from grades 4-6 using measures created by the author and modified according to teacher recommendations. Survey results showed that students had an overall positive perception of computers. Students saw computers as a ‘fun’ learning tool and used them play games, perform internet research, and type homework assignments. Study results showed that the students had overall better computer knowledge than their teachers had anticipated. Study implications include recommendations ...


An Investigative Study Of How Cooperative Learning Can Benefit High-Achieving Students, Deanna Lynn Scotty-Ryan Aug 1998

An Investigative Study Of How Cooperative Learning Can Benefit High-Achieving Students, Deanna Lynn Scotty-Ryan

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

This paper was written to represent the findings of the benefits of cooperative learning for high achieving students. During the 1990's there was a major push for supplementing the curriculum with different learning styles. Cooperative learning is one popular example that has been researched a lot to find effectiveness of lesson delivery and benefits for students. Slavin and Johnson and Johnson are among the many advocated for believing that cooperative learning is beneficial in many ways for student development, including high achieving students. The researcher found over and over that what the advocates wrote was substantiated in detail in ...


The Use Of African American Children’S Literature In The Classroom, Mark Jordan Aug 1998

The Use Of African American Children’S Literature In The Classroom, Mark Jordan

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

The purpose of this study is threefold beginning with determining if teachers are using African American children's literature in their classrooms. The second purpose is to determine if the books that teachers are using reflect a wide range of experiences of African Americans. The third purpose is to determine why some teachers are not using African American children's literature. One hundred surveys were distributed in two urban elementary schools and two suburban elementary schools in Monroe County. The subjects were the forty-seven teachers who responded to the surveys. The survey was designed to obtain information about the use ...


An Investigation Into A Reading Intervention Modeled After Reading Recovery, Angela R. Horvath Jul 1998

An Investigation Into A Reading Intervention Modeled After Reading Recovery, Angela R. Horvath

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

How does Reading Recovery program effect the ability and attitudes of the participating students? In this explanatory study, eight students, participating in an intervention program modeled after Reading Recovery, were examined based on skills and attitudes. All but one student showed marked improvement in attitude toward reading and writing by the end of the study. All students showed some growth in skill level, as well the study was limited in scope as well as in implementation of the Reading Recovery Program. On an individual level, Reading Recovery was successful in improving both skill and attitude of students in need of ...


A Comparison Of How Schools Diagnose And Support Growth In Reading For Third Grade Students, Rachel B. Gnage Jul 1998

A Comparison Of How Schools Diagnose And Support Growth In Reading For Third Grade Students, Rachel B. Gnage

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

The purpose of this study was three fold. First examined was how reading abilities are identified in typical third grade classrooms. Secondly, approaches, strategies, and instruments classroom teachers, remedial reading specialist, and special education teachers (reading facilitators) use to support growth were investigated. Finally, school districts were compared with each other. Forty-six third grade reading facilitators were surveyed with a researcher-made instrument that included eighty-five items and four open-ended questions. Data was gathered in frequency tables from the twenty-six surveys that were returned. The survey data displayed that reading facilitators use a wide variety of elements to diagnose reading abilities ...


What Makes A Good Teacher? Perceptions From Third And Fifth Grade Students, Julia M. Wilson Jul 1998

What Makes A Good Teacher? Perceptions From Third And Fifth Grade Students, Julia M. Wilson

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

Teachers are evaluated daily by their students. By examining students' criteria for teacher evaluation, teachers are able to broaden their existing base of understanding and develop a greater perception of the complex dynamics of the classroom. Because students at the elementary level have rarely in the past been asked their opinions, four groups of elementary students participated in this study.

This study was conducted to determine whether third and fifth grade students had perceptions of "good" teacher and "bad" teachers and to see if they used similar criteria when evaluating teachers. Three themes emerged from the student responses: (1) personality ...


Encouraging Reading Outside Of School Through Literature Response, Rebecca J. Berbert May 1998

Encouraging Reading Outside Of School Through Literature Response, Rebecca J. Berbert

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

The purpose of this study was to discover whether time spent in the classroom responding to literature read at home would encourage children to read at home.

This study was based on the past research that states that good readers spend more time reading outside of school than weaker readers. Also, research states that giving a child time to respond to what has been read helps the reader gain better comprehension.

Twenty-four third-grade students from a suburban school district participated in the study. During the first eight weeks, the children brought home a reading log, where time spent reading and ...


Is Phonemic Awareness Directly Related To Reading Achievement In Fourth Grade Students?, Fredericka E. Schaefer May 1998

Is Phonemic Awareness Directly Related To Reading Achievement In Fourth Grade Students?, Fredericka E. Schaefer

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

This study looked at the relationship between phonemic awareness and reading achievement in fourth grade students. The study involved 26 fourth graders from the same class at a suburban school in western New

York State. The question addressed was: Can phonemic awareness be used as a predictor of reading achievement with fourth grade students? The data were collected using the word recognition and passage comprehension sections of the Woodcock Reading Mastery Test and the Yopp-Singer Test of Phoneme Segmentation. The Pearson product-moment coefficient of correlation was calculated to determine to what extent reading ability and phonemic awareness are related. This ...


Principles And Practices Of Reading Instruction Provided In Grades K-5 In The Fairport Central Schools, Sheila M. Spiesz May 1998

Principles And Practices Of Reading Instruction Provided In Grades K-5 In The Fairport Central Schools, Sheila M. Spiesz

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

The purpose of this study was to identify the principles and practices currently implemented in providing reading instruction in kindergarten through grade five in the Fairport Central School District. The subjects in this study included 149 elementary classroom teachers and 11 elementary reading teachers from the four elementary school buildings in the Fairport Central School District. Of these 160 teachers, 10 of them were also interviewed. The survey responses were presented quantitatively. All of the answers on the survey questions were compared by percentages of the total number of responses. Both the survey results and the interview responses were analyzed ...


The Long Term Effects Of The Reading Intervention Program, An Early Intervention Program Similar To Reading Recovery, Wendy Tarbox Watt May 1998

The Long Term Effects Of The Reading Intervention Program, An Early Intervention Program Similar To Reading Recovery, Wendy Tarbox Watt

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

During the 1995-1997 school years, 35 students were identified at Holmes Road School (in Greece, NY) as being in the lowest 20% of their peer group in reading and related skills during first or second grade. These students received 12-16 weeks of individualized, one-on-one, reading instruction in a program similar to Reading Recovery called the Reading Intervention Program (RIP). During this program, students made significant gains. The purpose of this study was to determine if RIP has had a lasting effect on the performance of students who have had the 'treatment" as compared to their peers. Standardized test scores of ...


What Is The Correlation Between Risk-Taking Behaviors And Letter Recognition In Kindergarten Students?, Michelle Delong May 1998

What Is The Correlation Between Risk-Taking Behaviors And Letter Recognition In Kindergarten Students?, Michelle Delong

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

This study attempted to determine whether there was a significant correlation between the letter recognition ability of kindergarten students and their risk-taking characteristics in the classroom. To achieve this purpose, letter recognition scores from November report cards were used, along with teacher input regarding risk-taking behaviors. One hundred ten kindergarten students from an upstate New York suburban community were the subjects for this study. Eleven participating teachers listed the five students in their class who exhibited the most risk-taking behaviors in the academic setting and the five students in their class who exhibited the fewest risk-taking behaviors in the academic ...