Advisor

Lahman, Maria K.E.

Advisor

Opitz, Michael

Committee Member

Rue, Lisa

Committee Member

Fahey, Kathleen

Department

Applied Statistics & Research Methods

Institution

University of Northern Colorado

Type of Resources

Text

Place of Publication

Greeley (Colo.)

Publisher

University of Northern Colorado

Date Created

12-1-2009

Genre

Thesis

Extent

193 pages

Digital Origin

Born digital

Abstract

This investigation was conducted to determine the value of using self-reports to elicit participant views of their reading struggles and to explore the potential benefits of using portraiture methodology as a means for illuminating the goodness inherent to struggling reader experiences in school. Three fourth grade participants were purposefully selected from one public and two charter elementary schools. Approximately three hours of interviews and 20 hours of observations were completed to collect data from each student over a 20 week period. With the participating students' teachers, approximately two hours of interview data were collected. Artifact gathering and the researcher journal were also used to collect data. The central stories of participants were represented through narratives, found poetry, and participant created poetry. Benefits for using portraiture to understand reading issues and answers to the issues faced by struggling readers are revealed.

Degree type

PhD

Degree Name

Doctoral

Language

English

Local Identifiers

Schendel_unco_0161N_10024

Rights Statement

Copyright is held by author.

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