Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Kindergarten teacher knowledge of phonemic awareness and instruction: Developing proficient early readers
by Harris, Dana, Ph.D., Northwest Nazarene University, 2016, 152; 10123801
Abstract (Summary)

Reading proficiently opens doors to college and career pathways. The success of children depends on this fundamental skill, yet students are failing to learn to read. This research investigated the relationship between teacher knowledge of phonemic awareness and the development of early literacy skills in kindergarten students. The study was conducted in a suburban school district of more than 20,000 students. This study sought to identify a kindergarten teacher profile linked to positive student achievement growth in phonemic awareness. Kindergarten student data was collected from 1,258 kindergarten students in 57 classrooms from 21 different elementary schools. Participants ranged between 5 and 7 years old who attended full-time kindergarten classes. The Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS Next Edition, 2011) assessment was used to collect kindergarten student data on the First Sound Fluency measure. Kindergarten classroom teachers were assessed on their knowledge of phonemic awareness. The results of this study demonstrated a general lack of knowledge about phonemic awareness by kindergarten teachers, however, no clear kindergarten teacher profile correlated to student performance on the phonemic awareness measure. Findings may be useful when identifying effective instructional materials for teaching phonemic awareness to kindergarten students. A possible explanation for increased levels of student achievement may be the degree to which the kindergarten teacher utilized the provided phonemic awareness instructional materials. Recommendations for future studies include investigation into the relationship between the use of phonemic awareness instructional materials with fidelity and kindergarten student achievement.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Joki, Russell, Curtis, Heidi
Commitee: Kellerer, Paula, Raney, Taylor, Sweeting, Crystalee
School: Northwest Nazarene University
Department: Education
School Location: United States -- Idaho
Source: DAI-A 77/11(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Instructional Design, Elementary education, Teacher education, Literacy, Reading instruction
Keywords: Early reading, Kindergarten reading, Literacy, Phonemic awareness, Phonological awareness, Reading acquisition
Publication Number: 10123801
ISBN: 978-1-369-00314-7
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