Exploring Attitudes and Possible Solutions to Aliteracy through Focus Groups and Interviews of Fifth Grade Students
ABSTRACT Aldous Huxley stated that "Every man who knows how to read has in his power to magnify himself, to multiply the ways in which he exists, to make his life full , significant and interesting." For young students learning to read and expand their minds, there is no better time than the present to gain a love of reading. Yet, so many students expend the energy to learn how to read, only to choose never pick up a book. This study serves to show one characteristic of reading: aliteracy. From the mouth of a fifth grade student, aliteracy is "when you spend a lot of time learning how to read, but you just never take the time to do it." After first conducting focus groups with fifth grade students at a public elementary school, the researcher focused on three distinctly different students who posed diverse sides of aliteracy. By conducting interviews with these students, a better understanding of aliteracy can be achieved. Through this understanding, positive changes in our schools and our reading programs can hopefully be achieved.
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Roberts, Sherron Killingsworth
Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
College of Education
Dissertations, Academic -- Education; Education -- Dissertations, Academic; Books and reading; Literacy
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Honors in the Major Thesis
Unruh, Heidi, "Exploring Attitudes and Possible Solutions to Aliteracy through Focus Groups and Interviews of Fifth Grade Students" (2005). HIM 1990-2015. 518.