Reading First, Science Last: An Investigation into Reading Comprehension Strategy Usage in Science Education

Carol Fetters, Evan Ortlieb, Earl H. Cheek

Abstract


This qualitative exploration was designed to examine strategy-based reading instruction using science expository text in grades 2-5. This study centered on case studies of six elementary teachers and how they used reading strategies during science instruction. Findings revealed that although the teachers’ use of expository text was limited, teachers utilized particular reading strategies that extended and elaborated the students’ oral discussions during science instruction. The classroom conversations about science topics extended the students’ background knowledge of the science concepts that related to science expository text materials in grades 2-5. Further research could include alignment of reading strategy instruction with science instruction using print materials that are matched with the students’ instructional reading levels.


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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5296/jsr.v5i1.5528

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