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100 1  Watson, Patricia A. 
245 12 A descriptive case study of the relationship between the 
       use of literature circles in reading instruction and the 
       attitudes of students toward reading in a fourth grade 
260    [New Concord, Ohio] :|bMuskingum College,|c2000. 
300    vii, 62 leaves :|btables ;|c28cm. 
490 1  Muskingum College research project 
504    Bibliography: leaves 35-38. 
520 3  This descriptive case study was conducted to determine the
       attitudes of fourth grade students toward the use of 
       literature circles in reading instruction.  The 
       participants were exposed to two types of reading 
       instruction: teacher-directed instruction from a 
       literature-based reading anthology and student-directed 
       literature circles.  The study was conducted during the 
       first four weeks of the second semester.  The same 
       literature genre and learning outcomes were presented 
       during each type of instruction.  The participants first 
       filled out a reading attitudes questionnaire to establish 
       their general attitudes toward reading.  A semantic 
       differential scale survey was used to determine how the 
       participants felt about each type of reading instruction. 
       Each participant was also interviewed to determine which 
       type of instruction they preferred and why.  The study 
       found that the students had a positive attitude about both
       types of reading instruction.  The majority of the 
       participants indicated that they preferred the use of 
       literature circles in reading class.  Working in groups, 
       choosing their own reading materials, and being 
       responsible for the discussion groups were the most common
       responses as to why they preferred literature circles. 
650  0 Reading (Elementary)|vCase studies. 
650  0 Group reading. 
700 1  Watson, Patricia. 
830  0 Muskingum College research project. 

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