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Master of Science in Education (MSEd)


Education and Human Development


Literature circles promote social interaction and cooperative learning, help target various learning styles, and promote student inquiry. Reading groups encourage reluctant readers and allow the opportunity for students to read, write, think, and talk about what they are reading. This thesis project examines the effectiveness of using literature circles as an intervention to improve interest and understanding. It evaluates the importance of student motivation and comprehension on reading competencies. The research study was conducted on two six student groups in a fourth grade classroom – a test group and a control group. Students took a pre and post survey about their reading motivation and how they viewed themselves as readers. Prior to the study they were instructed on the idea of literature circles and their individual role within the groups, which were based on reading ability. Houghton Mifflin Comprehension worksheets that accompanied the reading selections were administered post group discussion to determine whether or not the literature circles increased student comprehension. Conclusions indicate an increased motivation and comprehension by students engaged in the literature circles.


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