Participation in the development and implementation of a language development program as part of the preparation of a reading consultant

Case, Naomi Jane (1976) Participation in the development and implementation of a language development program as part of the preparation of a reading consultant. Masters thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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The purpose of this project was to enable the writer to become involved in the development and implementation of a language development program as part of her preparation for the role of reading consultant. -- From September to June, the writer, under the supervision of two university professors, worked with teachers and pupils in four kindergarten classes, using children's experiences, library books, and audio-visual materials for language development. -- At the beginning of the project, the writer taped samples of the children's language to assess their level of development. These samples and her observation of children's interaction with one another and with the teacher enabled her to decide the types of experiences required to improve each child's facility in the effective use of language. -- The writer held a weekly conference with each teacher during which she introduced new ideas and made suggestions which could be applied in particular situations to improve the program. She kept a diary in which she recorded reports of those conferences and also descriptions of classroom activities which she had initiated. -- Periodic reviews of her diary, conferences with teachers, and weekly conferences with her supervisors provided the writer with continuous evaluation of her progress. Summative evaluation from four sources - conferences with principals, conferences with teachers, evaluation of pupil performance and growth in language, and the writer's experience the following year as a reading consultant - indicated that the project was successful in that the purpose was achieved. -- Recommendations arising from the project were: (1) that the University continue to provide field experiences, under the direction of a university professor or a qualified reading consultant, for graduate students preparing to become reading consultants; (2) that graduate students preparing to become reading consultants be provided with opportunities to conduct in-service sessions; (3) that graduate students preparing for the position of reading consultant be provided with opportunities to work with different members of a school staff to acquire experience in working with a variety of people.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
URI: http://research.library.mun.ca/id/eprint/7654
Item ID: 7654
Additional Information: Bibliography: leaves [84]-88.
Department(s): Education, Faculty of
Date: 1976
Date Type: Submission
Geographic Location: Canada--Newfoundland and Labrador
Library of Congress Subject Heading: Reading (Kindergarten)--Newfoundland and Labrador; Reading teachers--Newfoundland and Labrador

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