M.S. in Teaching
Interdisciplinary and Inclusive Education
College of Education
Robinson, Randall S.
Fourth grade (Education); Reading (Elementary)
Elementary Education and Teaching
The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect that literature circles had on the reading attitudes of fourth grade students. This study used a pretest-posttest control group design to look at the reading attitudes of fourth grade students before and after the implementation of literature circles. These literature circles were composed of heterogeneous ability groups which were used in addition to the regular reading program.
Both groups were given the Elementary Reading Attitude Survey (ERAS) prior to the induction of literature circles. The experimental group (n = 17) was engaged in literature circles for approximately ten weeks while the control group (n = 17) did not participate in literature circles.
An independent group t test determined that literature circles did not significantly increase the reading attitudes of the experimental group [t (32) = 1.04, p > .05 ]. In addition, a non independent t test showed that there was not a significant difference between the pretest scores and posttest scores of the experimental group [t (16) = .49, p > .05 ]. Therefore, it was concluded the literature circles did not significantly increase the reading attitudes of the fourth grade students in this study.
Roche, KellyAnn, "The effects of literature circles on the reading attitudes of fourth grade students" (1998). Theses and Dissertations. 1987.