High Interest Picture Book Read-alouds in Seventh Grade Content Area Classes: Teacher and Student Perceptions
This phenomenological study focused on exploring the experiences of middle level teachers and students engaged in reading and listening to picture books as a strategy in instruction to engage students in science, social studies and math. This study employed qualitative methods of data collection including open-ended interviews, classroom observations, and analysis of written documents. Through gathering descriptive data in the subjects' own words, clearer interpretation of the subjects' perspective was possible. To give voice to middle level teachers and students, this method was most appropriate. Major and minor patterns and themes emerged from the analysis of the data. Connections between the theoretical framework and the emerging themes were then explored. This study adds to the limited research base on picture book read-alouds in the middle grades.
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