Karen Cassel

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Graduate Field Experience

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College Of Education And Leadership

First Advisor

Michael Flaherty

Library of Congress Subject Heading

Reading comprehension; Reading comprehension--Study and teaching; Reading comprehension--Aids and devices; Exposition (Rhetoric)


The instruction and implementation of reading strategies in the classroom has been a hot topic in education. The purpose of this study was to determine the effects of using specific reading strategies to assist students with reading comprehension by providing explicit instruction for the specific reading strategies. The length of this study lasted for eight weeks and was focused on expository texts the students read at the beginning of each class. Thirty-seven students participated in this study, but all of my students received the same instruction. Students were assessed using a pre and post assessment to determine if the specific reading strategies provided improvement in their reading comprehension. The results showed improvement, but the improvement was not statistically significant based on the result of the t-test, which did not indicate significance based on a p value of 0.05.


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