Abstract

Despite the prevalence of separate reading classes in middle-level schools across the country, there is much debate about the effectiveness of these courses. Many researchers advocate content-area literacy or interdisciplinary teaming instead, claiming that students do not transfer the skills they learn in reading classes to other subjects. This qualitative case study of one middle school student is an intensive description of a biracial Navajo and Piute teenager who attended a separate reading class. The case study looked at three specific areas of the student's reading in regards to this class: comprehension, motivation, and perception. The student did not transfer the skills he learned in this class to his content areas, nor did he change his at-home reading and writing practices while participating in this class.

Degree

MA

College and Department

David O. McKay School of Education; Teacher Education

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Date Submitted

2006-07-21

Document Type

Thesis

Handle

http://hdl.lib.byu.edu/1877/etd1499

Keywords

content-area literacy, reading class

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