Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Education (MSEd)


Education and Human Development

First Advisor

Dr. Gerald Begy


This study was designed to analyze the effect of guided reading on second graders reading achievement. This study also examined the effect guided reading had on students' attitude towards reading.

The subjects included forty-two second graders from a rural school in western New York. There were two second grade classes who participated in the study. The experimental group received guided reading. The control group did not.

The researcher used Running Reading Records as the tool to determine the students' reading level. The students Running Reading Records were taken at the beginning of the study and again at the end of the study. The researcher analyzed and compared the Running Reading Records of the Traditional Group and the Guided Reading Group. A reading attitude survey was also given to all the students. The survey was given as a means to measure how each student felt about reading.

Results were broken down into two categories; Achievement and Attitude. There was a favorable gain in students' reading achievement. There was not a major difference in the attitudes between the Traditional or Guided Reading Group.