Date Approved

1-11-2018

Embargo Period

1-16-2018

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

MA Reading Education

Department

Language, Literacy, and Sociocultural Education

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Browne, Susan

Second Advisor

Madden, Marjorie

Third Advisor

Lee, Valarie

Subject(s)

Reading; Language arts (Elementary)

Disciplines

Elementary Education | Language and Literacy Education

Abstract

The purpose of this research study is for second grade students to form a partnership with their teacher and peers to set reading goals. One goal of the study is to examine how forming partnerships with peers and the teacher helps students better understand themselves as readers. Another goal is to investigate how the created partnerships motivate students to set reading goals independently. A variety of data was collected and analyzed, including notes, observations, student conversations, and charts reported in a teacher research journal, along with the pre and post assessment data, such as the Reading Attitude Survey, student written narratives, and student rating scales and goal sheets. Also analyzed were the student artifacts collected throughout the study in personal reading folders. After close examination of these data sources, five themes were discovered that are seen throughout the course of the research study. When second grade students form a partnership with their teacher and peers to set reading goals, there is a higher level of engagement, increased motivation to read and share ideas, increased stamina, along with willingness to complete challenging tasks, increased usage of reading strategies, which supports comprehension, and lastly, a fostered love for reading.

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