Author(s)

Jennifer Gorgo

Date Approved

3-12-2015

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.S.T. Teaching

Department

Language, Literacy, and Special Education

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Browne, Susan

Subject(s)

Teacher-student relationships;Language arts (Elementary)

Disciplines

Elementary Education and Teaching

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to determine the effect that student directed center work had on the social and educational relationships of teachers and students in a second grade classroom. The study showed that the effect was a positive one. Students showed academic growth along with growth toward a positive self-concept. Through surveys and academic work one was able to see that the students were better able to express themselves socially and academically. While the students were working together, they were creating learning communities that were facilitating academic growth as well as social growth amongst their peers and teachers. This study can have far reaching implications for the way that Language Arts small group instruction techniques can be utilized in the primary academic grades.

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