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Voices of striving elementary readers: An exploration of the enhancement of struggling reader research through portraiture methodology


2009 2009

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Abstract (summary)

This investigation was conducted to determine the value of using self-reports to elicit participant views of their reading struggles and to explore the potential benefits of using portraiture methodology as a means for illuminating the goodness inherent to struggling reader experiences in school. Three fourth grade participants were purposefully selected from one public and two charter elementary schools. Approximately three hours of interviews and 20 hours of observations were completed to collect data from each student over a 20 week period. With the participating students' teachers, approximately two hours of interview data were collected. Artifact gathering and the researcher journal were also used to collect data. The central stories of participants were represented through narratives, found poetry, and participant created poetry.

The significance of this study was revealed in the understanding gained concerning the use of portraiture methodology and the nature of struggling elementary readers. The use of Portraiture methodology resulted in open access to the classroom environment, acceptance by all participants, and immediate changes in teaching behaviors with increased attention to student perspectives. Furthermore, by adhering to student self-reports, several key understandings associated with the persistent struggles of elementary readers were revealed. It was determined that teachers and struggling readers hold differing views of the definition and importance of reading. The readers struggled in reading as it was defined by their teachers. They struggled to adequately perform reading tasks controlled by their teachers due to the contexts of those tasks and the materials used. When tasks honored material of interest to the student, authentic contexts for reading, and individualized purpose, the readers displayed proficient and advanced reading performance.

Indexing (details)


Subject
Literacy;
Reading instruction
Classification
0535: Literacy
0535: Reading instruction
Identifier / keyword
Education; Portraiture; Qualitative methodology; Reading; Striving readers; Struggling readers; Student voice
Title
Voices of striving elementary readers: An exploration of the enhancement of struggling reader research through portraiture methodology
Author
Schendel, Roland K.
Number of pages
193
Publication year
2009
Degree date
2009
School code
0161
Source
DAI-A 71/04, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9781109677492
Advisor
Lahman, Maria K. E.; Opitz, Michael F.
Committee member
Fahey, Kathleen; Rue, Lisa
University/institution
University of Northern Colorado
Department
Applied Statistics & Research Methods
University location
United States -- Colorado
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3397127
ProQuest document ID
304961468
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/304961468
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