Masters Thesis

Reading comprehension in the after school program: a pilot study

This study was conducted as an experimental pilot to evaluate a new reading comprehension curriculum, Rocky River Reading, for students in a local after school program. The participants were 50 second through sixth grade students from a variety of socioeconomic statuses and reading proficiency levels. In this study quantitative and qualitative data were collected and analyzed. An analysis of the data revealed that during the four week period the experimental group exhibited a greater decrease in time spent reading and read at home more out of interest. Control group parents were less likely to be in consensus on parent pre- and post-evaluations that their student had difficulties with reading based on prior reading experiences with the child at home. In similarity to the pre- and post-evaluations from the control group, experimental parents felt students had no reading strengths prior to RRR.

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