Date of Award

Spring 5-16-2017

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science in Education (MSEd)

Department

Education and Human Development

First Advisor

Kathleen Olmstead

Abstract

This qualitative study explores what happens when an inclusive class of first graders are taught to read through a scripted phonics-based program called Superkids (2015). This study also explores student and teacher perceptions regarding the Superkids reading program. The purpose of this research is to better support and inform both teachers and students who are mandated to use this specific reading curriculum. Data were collected for this study over a period of 4 weeks using the students’ reading assessments, student and teacher interviews, and observational notes. Data were analyzed in order to discover student and teacher perceptions of the program, as well as what happens to students’ literacy skills as they engage with the Superkids reading program.

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