Dog-assisted reading programs: a quest for alternative approaches to reading and learning for children

Cooper, Kathryn Frances (2012) Dog-assisted reading programs: a quest for alternative approaches to reading and learning for children. Masters thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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Abstract

Reading challenges face many students daily in ourschools in this province. Difficulty with reading impacts every subject area. A balanced literacy program must have variety and teachers need several tools at their disposal to support their students. Dog-assisted reading programs are unique reading interventions that have shown tremendous promise across Canada and Internationally. Dog-assisted reading has potential for some of our students and teachers in Newfoundland and Labrador where there is, as yet, no such program. Along with improved reading, intimate time with a dog promotes empathy and, kindness, and it can deepen connections to the environment. In this thesis, I argue for the need for dog-assisted reading in Newfoundland and Labrador. Supported by the literature on literacy, learning, motivation, and emotion, as well as literature about dog therapy and dog assisted reading therapy, the necessity for a program of dogs and reading is hard to ignore. Following a review of several existing programs, a pilot program is proposed. This program connects to curriculum outcomes and expectations beyond the curriculum that can be met through dogs and reading.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
URI: http://research.library.mun.ca/id/eprint/2329
Item ID: 2329
Additional Information: Includes bibliographical references.
Department(s): Education, Faculty of
Date: 2012
Date Type: Submission
Geographic Location: Canada--Newfoundland and Labrador
Library of Congress Subject Heading: Literacy programs--Newfoundland and Labrador; Reading (Elementary)--Newfoundland and Labrador; Animals--Therapeutic use--Newfoundland and Labrador; Children and animals

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