Date of Award

Spring 5-12-2015

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Education (MSEd)


Education and Human Development

First Advisor

Debra Joseph-McEwen


In this research study I explored best early childhood literacy practices and approaches to use to aid in early childhood students’ acquisition of early literacy skills. This study was conducted as a self-study to answer the question what are the literacy strategies and best practices that are effective for teaching alphabet knowledge? My study was conducted using a qualitative, narrative based approach through the daily journaling of my observations, feelings and wonderings. My study was an improvement-aimed study designed to improve my ability to support my students who struggle with the letter identification and letter sound acquisition. Daily observations were recorded and weekly reflections were completed over five weeks on my instructional approaches and a trial and error approach was used with the instructional strategies that I introduced to my students for the purpose of finding numerous best early childhood literacy practices, approaches, and strategies that were effective in the acquisition of early literacy skills.

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