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Differentiated Reading Instruction in One Exemplary Teacher's Classroom: A Case Study

Ankrum, Julie Winneur (2007) Differentiated Reading Instruction in One Exemplary Teacher's Classroom: A Case Study. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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A single case study design was employed to describe the nature of one exemplary second grade teacher's differentiated reading instruction. The teacher participant was selected from a group of exemplary teachers nominated from one rural school district in southwestern Pennsylvania. Data collection consisted of classroom observations, teacher interviews, and classroom artifacts. An analysis of the data revealed that the participating teacher differentiated the following aspects of small group reading instruction: materials, time spent in small group meetings, lesson structure and focus, teacher talk, and post-reading assignments. Ongoing assessments were used as the basis for decision-making about how to differentiate each lesson. A microanalysis of teacher talk was conducted to provide insight regarding the nature of verbal scaffolding in the classroom. Teacher-student interactions were analyzed and coded at the level of utterance. The following categories were used to define the different types of talk used by the teacher to promote the independent use of strategies in reading: direct explanation, explicit modeling, invitations to participate, clarification, verification, and telling. This analysis revealed that the needs of the children created changes in the way the teacher interacted with group members.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Ankrum, Julie
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairBean, Rita M
Committee MemberIverson, Jana
Committee MemberKucan, Linda
Committee MemberZigmond, Naomi
Committee MemberHamilton, Rebecca
Date: 29 January 2007
Date Type: Completion
Defense Date: 15 November 2006
Approval Date: 29 January 2007
Submission Date: 7 December 2006
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Education > Instruction and Learning
Degree: PhD - Doctor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: best practices; differentiated instruction; exemplary teacher; reading instruction; small group instruction
Other ID:, etd-12072006-102950
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2011 20:08
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 13:53


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