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Supporting Middle School Students’ Critical Reading of Online Texts

Yancey, Todd W. (2021) Supporting Middle School Students’ Critical Reading of Online Texts. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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In this action research study, I designed, taught, and analyzed results of a unit in my eighth
grade English language arts classroom. The unit focused on supporting students’ critical reading
of online texts. My research questions were: 1. Within a focal unit, how did I support my students’
critical reading of online sources? 2. Within a focal unit, how did my students learn to critically
read texts they accessed online? Drawing on Freebody and Luke’s (1990) four-resources model, I
found that students most frequently engaged as text participants and text users in their reading of
online texts. Like my students’ talk and my unit design, my instructional talk also tended to move
between supporting students as text participants and text users. Conclusions are of interest to other
classroom teachers, especially those concerned with literacy teaching and learning.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Yancey, Todd
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairRainey,
Committee MemberKucan,
Committee MemberTrovato,
Committee MemberCho,
Date: 21 May 2021
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 22 March 2021
Approval Date: 21 May 2021
Submission Date: 30 April 2021
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 73
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Education > Instruction and Learning
Degree: EdD - Doctor of Education
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: middle school research
Date Deposited: 21 May 2021 15:26
Last Modified: 21 May 2021 15:26


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