Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Beyond sentiment: A descriptive case study of elementary school teachers' experiences selecting children's literature for read-alouds
by Loyd, Stacy M., Ed.D., University of Northern Colorado, 2011, 195; 3493623
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this study was to examine how and why elementary teachers select books for the read-aloud. A phenomenological approach was used to conduct a fourteen week descriptive study. Three participants were purposefully selected to provide an in-depth examination of teachers' book selection processes. Data was collected through observations, think-alouds, and video-mediated reflective interviews. Data was examined through three distinct theoretical lenses throughout the analysis process. Each analysis revealed another layer of understanding regarding the phenomenon studied. The significance of this study lay in its in-depth explanation of how and why teachers selected books for the read-aloud. Finding and implications resulted in a tool that teachers and librarians can use to self-assess their choices. The tool provides questions for adults to consider when intentionally selecting new books to read-aloud to students.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Erekson, James A.
Commitee: Ezzaher, Lahcen E., Sedinger, Tracey A., Youngs, Suzette M.
School: University of Northern Colorado
Department: Educational Studies
School Location: United States -- Colorado
Source: DAI-A 73/05, Dissertation Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Language arts, Elementary education
Keywords: Art orientations, Book selection, Decision making, Pragmatic purposes, Read-alouds, Selecting books, System theory
Publication Number: 3493623
ISBN: 9781267141453
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