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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.