Content analysis of four core basal reading programs: focusing on comprehension strategies (story structure, summarizing, and the use of graphic organizers)

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dc.contributor Giesen, Judy L.
dc.contributor Shwery, Craig S.
dc.contributor Coleman, Julianne M.
dc.contributor.advisor Sunal, Cynthia S.
dc.contributor.advisor Sekeres, Diane C.
dc.contributor.author Majors, Sherry Lee
dc.date.accessioned 2017-02-28T22:21:13Z
dc.date.available 2017-02-28T22:21:13Z
dc.date.issued 2009
dc.identifier.other u0015_0000001_0000100
dc.identifier.other Majors_alatus_0004D_10118
dc.identifier.uri https://ir.ua.edu/handle/123456789/607
dc.description Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
dc.description.abstract Core reading programs are typically referred to as basals because they serve as the "base" for reading instruction. A core reading program is the primary instructional tool that teachers use to teach children to learn to read. The purpose of this study was to conduct a content analysis of three comprehension instructional strategies in four first-grade core basal reading teachers' manuals that were the top four highly recommended core basal reading programs of those to be considered for adoption by the Alabama State Department of Education during the 2007-2008 academic year. The content analysis was conducted to answer the overarching question in this study: How are the National Reading Panel recommendations for teaching comprehension instructional strategies in the areas of story structure, summarizing, and the use of graphic organizers represented in four first-grade core basal reading programs? Two sub-questions of the research question were considered: (a) How are the four first grade core basal reading programs teachers' manuals organized and how are the units and lessons within them constructed? (b) What do these strategies look like in the four first-grade core reading programs and how often do the comprehension strategies appear and in what sequence? The results revealed that several themes emerged from the content analysis. These themes revolved around the following core basal reading program components: unit themes, literacy centers, morning message, building background, read-alouds, word work, and guiding comprehension. All four core basal reading programs presented the use of story structure, summarizing, and graphic organizers comprehension instructional strategies.
dc.format.extent 210 p.
dc.format.medium electronic
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language English
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher University of Alabama Libraries
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Electronic Theses and Dissertations
dc.relation.hasversion born digital
dc.rights All rights reserved by the author unless otherwise indicated.
dc.subject.other Education, Reading
dc.subject.other Education, Curriculum and Instruction
dc.subject.other Education, Elementary
dc.title Content analysis of four core basal reading programs: focusing on comprehension strategies (story structure, summarizing, and the use of graphic organizers)
dc.type thesis
dc.type text
etdms.degree.department University of Alabama. Dept. of Curriculum and Instruction
etdms.degree.discipline Elementary Education
etdms.degree.grantor The University of Alabama
etdms.degree.level doctoral
etdms.degree.name Ed.D.


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