Capstone/Dissertation Title

Can you see it?: use of visualization to enhance reading comprehension in a second grade classroom

Term

2010

Capstone

Thesis

Degree Name

MAEd

Abstract

The primary grades have historically focused the majority of reading instruction on phonics, word recognition, and fluency. This study concentrated effort on instructing primary-aged students how to become active readers in order to improve their reading comprehension. Visualization was the specific strategy used throughout this six week study conducted with twenty-two students in a rural school district setting. Data collection involved both qualitative and quantitative data. The students showed an increase in test scores as well as enthusiasm and engagement during reading time. The study suggests the appropriateness of instructing primary students in comprehension strategies.

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