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MS in Literacy Education



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Joellen Maples


Guided reading is an instructional method that is used in various classrooms around the country. This study asked the question: In a literacy clinic, how do literacy candidates understand guided reading, and what characteristics do effective literacy candidates exhibit? Research was done in in Plaintown, New York (a pseudonym) with four literacy candidates in a literacy clinic. Through interviews with literacy instructors and candidates, observations of instruction in the clinic, and by reviewing student work, it was found that there is a distinct difference between what literacy candidates and instructors understand about guided reading instruction and how it should look. These findings call for literacy programs to rethink what they want literacy candidates to know before entering such a course.

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