Title page for ETD etd-06252004-141320

Type of Document Dissertation
Author Bergeron, Marie Laurent
Author's Email Address kjbergeron@aol.com
URN etd-06252004-141320
Title Effective Literacy Instruction in the Elementary Grades
Degree Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
Department Curriculum & Instruction
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Earl Cheek Committee Chair
James Stockard Committee Member
Margaret Stewart Committee Member
R. Kenton Denny Committee Member
Robert Edgeworth Committee Member
  • literacy instruction
  • effective instruction
  • reading
  • comprehension
  • strategies
  • teacher beliefs
Date of Defense 2004-06-11
Availability unrestricted
The purpose of this study was to identify elements present in effective literacy instruction, i.e., those elements that fostered reading, speaking, listening, thinking, writing, and metacognitive skills. By examining variables that promoted literacy acquisition and achievement, a detailed account resulted which described classroom practice as related to teacher beliefs, strategies, materials, and classroom climate.

The primary method of qualitative analysis used for this study was the Developmental Research Sequence (DRS) Method (Spradley, 1980). Two classrooms with exemplary teachers were studied extensively. Data collection involved the use of primary sources (interviews, observations, and student and teacher work) and secondary sources (records, databases, etc.). Fieldwork included note taking and audio and video recording. The cyclic model involved asking questions, making descriptive observations, collecting and analyzing data and using analysis to form new questions. Research led to the uncovering of themes present in effective literacy instruction. The study concluded with an ethnographic case study that postulates possible scenarios pertaining to instructional strategies, teacher personal beliefs, materials, and classroom climate. The findings from this study can assist reading teachers in development and implementation of effective instruction. Reading specialists and administrators will find the results useful in developing professional growth activities for teachers of reading. This study expands the existing literature on effective literacy instruction and allows the everyday practitioner to learn from these examples of success.

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