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Kinkead-Clark, Zoyah – Texas Journal of Literacy Education, 2017
The following article aims to present, from children's perspectives, the value of literacy and how they use it in their everyday lives. Through the use of ethnographic methodology, including observations, interviews and collection of artifacts, it seeks to examine how children rely on their literacy skills authentically, as they play and move…
Descriptors: Ethnography, Interviews, Emergent Literacy, Early Reading
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Diego-Medrano, Elsa; Coneway, Betty; Williams, Judy D. – Texas Journal of Literacy Education, 2016
This study was conducted to explore teacher candidates' reactions and perceptions regarding their participation in inquiry circles and to discover how the experience influenced their comprehension of an informational text. The 98 teacher candidates involved in this study were enrolled in a children's literature course at a four-year university.…
Descriptors: Inquiry, Preservice Teachers, Teacher Response, Nonfiction
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Curry, Daphney L.; Reeves, Emily; Mcintyre, Christina J. – Texas Journal of Literacy Education, 2016
Home literacy practices are extremely important in developing early language and literacy skills. Children from lower socioeconomic status (SES) backgrounds may be at risk, not because their family literacy practices are inferior, but because their culturally defined literacy practices may not be consistent with school literacy expectations. To…
Descriptors: Family School Relationship, Family Literacy, Qualitative Research, Socioeconomic Status
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Young, Chase; Stover, Katie – Texas Journal of Literacy Education, 2015
This study helped the researchers to determine if blogging as a revision strategy in a second grade classroom was beneficial. Nineteen second grade students wrote expository essays and made revisions and edits based on peer feedback in a blogging environment. Six elementary school teachers independently rated the students' writing samples using…
Descriptors: Grade 2, Electronic Publishing, Elementary School Students, Revision (Written Composition)
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Sharp, Laurie; Brown, Tiffany – Texas Journal of Literacy Education, 2015
Handwriting is an essential skill for learners, but advancements with technology have greatly altered perceptions towards handwriting and handwriting instruction. This study sought to determine the current state of handwriting through an exploratory analysis of the teaching experiences of three practicing elementary teachers with varying…
Descriptors: Handwriting, Teaching Methods, Teaching Experience, Teacher Attitudes
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Walker, Karen E. – Texas Journal of Literacy Education, 2015
Research concerning preschool teachers' constructions of early reading has potential to influence teachers' curricular decisions and classroom practice. Six preschool teachers in North Texas were interviewed in regard to what they think about early reading and how they develop these understandings or constructions. The systematic, inductive…
Descriptors: Preschool Teachers, Early Reading, Teaching Methods, Interviews
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Welsh, Kimberly – Texas Journal of Literacy Education, 2014
This one-year exploratory case study attempted to discern which adjustments in culture, physical classroom environment, and instruction were needed to improve reading instruction in ailing K-2 classrooms at Lion Elementary School. A holistic approach was created to diagnose the problem surrounding poor early reading achievement. After proper…
Descriptors: Reading Programs, Program Improvement, Reading Instruction, Elementary Schools
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Gaffner, Jacqueline; Johnson, Kary; Torres-Elias, Annette; Dryden, Lisa – Texas Journal of Literacy Education, 2014
The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of collaborative efforts between a large metropolitan school district and the school of education at an area urban university. A reading clinic, in which university students conducted small guided reading group lessons with elementary students reading below grade level, was established through…
Descriptors: Reading Instruction, Small Group Instruction, Individualized Instruction, College School Cooperation
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Delony, Sheila; Smith Morgan, Ellen; Howell, Kaitlyn Leah – Texas Journal of Literacy Education, 2013
The purpose of this case study was to identify the role of reading response in two elementary classrooms: one first-grade and one fourth-grade. The study examined the structured and incidental opportunities students had for response, the formats of their responses and the utility of the responses to each teacher. Qualitative data collection…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Elementary School Students, Grade 1, Grade 4