Thesis Title

A Mixed-Design Study Investigating the Benefits and Perceptions of a Teacher-Guided Summer Literacy Program

Date of Graduation

Summer 2003

Degree

Master of Science in Education in Literacy

Department

Reading, Foundations and Technology

Committee Chair

Sarah Nixon

Subject Categories

Other Education

Abstract

The purpose of this mixed design study was to determine: (a) whether participating in a teacher-guided summer literacy program affected reading achievement of students who had completed second grade and (b) parents' and students' perceptions of the program. Data were collected through spring and fall scores of the Developmental Reading Assessment (DRA), observations, surveys of students' and parents' perceptions of the program, and artifacts consist of summer work samples. Survey findings revealed that students benefited from the summer reading program. Both parents and students believed the summer reading program was beneficial. Specific benefits from the summer reading program included: enjoyment, reinforcement of skills, and increased reading achievement. Recommendations for future studies, school districts, teachers, and parents are included.

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© Amber J Strader

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