Capstone/Dissertation Title

The direct instruction components: what are they are how are they implemented?

Term

2009

Capstone

Thesis

Degree Name

MAEd

Abstract

The research question addressed in this project was, what are the major components of DI, and how should they be applied into the reading classroom? The author of this capstone was going to teach Direct Instruction reading for the first time. The research showed that phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension were the major components. Based on the age of the author's students, she chose to focus on the last three components: vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension. She implemented DI into her classroom using specific techniques as described by the research and expected of the DI program: unison oral responding, signaling, pacing, monitoring, feedback and error correction. The author described her experiences of implementing DI in her classroom and noted the differences between what the research stated about how the reading components work versus the actuality of what the teacher found in her classroom.

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