International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

Literacy Tutors and Striving Readers: Enhancing Literacy through a Graduate Reading Methods Course
Dr. Chhanda Islam

The purpose of this study was to examine the effectiveness of a literacy tutoring program provided to K-5 children by graduate students enrolled in a reading methods course. Graduate students in this study were taught to implement literacy strategies through modeling and scaffolding of various activities in components of reading emphasized by the National Reading Panel (2000). The results of the study confirmed that the tutoring sessions were effective in increasing the skills of striving readers. The data from post-tests and graduate student reflections revealed that 100% of the children made substantial gains in their instructional reading levels and that graduate students’ experience and training affected the growth in reading skills in a relatively short period of time.

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