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Literacy Colloquy-Dr. Kristy Brugar & Dr. Kathryn Roberts-The Promise of Process: Using Verbal Protocol to Explore Fourth Graders Construction of Meaning from Social Studies Texts

March 11, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm EDT

In this study, we used verbal protocol methodology to examine how fourth-grade students construct meaning as they read and respond to informational social studies texts. Results indicate that most students were active readers, often engaging in higher-level comprehension strategies. However, these understandings were not often visible in their responses to end-of-reading questions (ERQ). In contrast, as they respond to the ERQ, students generally shifted their strategy use toward lower-level strategies such as rereading, flipping through the pages, and relying on memory of text passages. Results also indicate that when students changed their patterns of strategy use for reading and responding to text in response to a change in text, they are more successful on the ERQ than when their strategy use remains stagnant. In addition to discussing the study, we will also share implications for teaching and assessment, particularly as they relate to data-driven instruction.

Dr. Kristy A. Brugar is an MSU graduate and an Associate Professor of Social Studies Education and Huddleston Presidential Professor of Education at the University of Oklahoma. Dr. Brugar’s work has been published in Theory and Research in Social Education, Journal of Social Studies Research, The History Teacher, The Journal of Teacher Education, and Social Studies and the Young Learner. She received the College and University Faculty Assembly, National Council for the Social Studies, Early Career Award, 2017, for her contributions to social studies education.

Dr. Kathryn L. Roberts is an MSU graduate and an Associate Professor of Reading, Language, and Literature in the College of Education at Wayne State University in Detroit. Dr. Roberts has written many peer-reviewed articles and chapters, appearing in journals such as Journal of Social Studies Research, Journal of Teacher Education, Literacy Research and Instruction, Reading Psychology, The Geography Teacher, Social Studies Research and Practice, The Reading Teacher, and The Social Studies.

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March 11, 2020
11:00 am - 12:30 pm
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