Capstone/Dissertation Title

Comprehension strategies at one urban high school: a case study

Term

2010

Capstone

Thesis

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MAT

Abstract

The research question addressed is, what strategies do content area teachers at one urban high school use with struggling readers? Ten teachers who teach at an urban high school with a new literacy initiative were interviewed to discover their attitudes, beliefs, and classroom practices in relation to struggling readers. A major influence for this capstone was Kylene Beers' book When Kids Can't Read: What Teachers Can Do (2003), which all members of the teaching staff received as a part of the literacy initiative. The author conducts a case study to determine the effects of the school's literacy initiative on teacher practices in relation to comprehension strategies. He discovers that teachers genuinely want to help their struggling readers, but they are not currently aligned in their use of strategies.

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