Date of Award

5-2011

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)

Department

Curriculum & Instruction

First Advisor

Prof. Mohamed Hatem al-Mekhlafy.Ph.D

Second Advisor

Dr. Abdurrahman Ghaleb Almekhlafi

Third Advisor

Dr. Hammed Mubarak Alawidi

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to identify the effects of implementing a guided reading program for promoting reading comprehension skills of grade four pupils in the UAE. This program was based on intensive practice of the targeted skills followed by a gradual release of teacher’s role to have more pupils’ independence while reading. The participants of this study were sixty pupils in grade four who were divided into a control group and a treatment group. Data were collected and analyzed using the results of both the pretest and posttest. The treatment was implementing a guided reading program which lasted for three weeks to improve pupils’ reading comprehension skills. The difference in the results of the two groups was statistically significant. Mean scores of the experimental group rose significantly from 40.16 in the pretest to 62.66 in the posttest. The results prove that the guided program is an effective instructional strategy which can enhance pupils’ reading comprehension skills. The results of the participant in the control group rose slightly from 41.00 in the pretest to 47.16 in the posttest. Regarding reading comprehension sub skills such as reading for gist, specific information and details mean scores of results of the experimental group increase sharply in comparison with same results of the control group which increased slightly. Mean scores of results of reading comprehension sub skills of the experimental group increased from 8.16 to 12.33 regarding reading for gist, from 16.16 to 25 concerning reading for specific information and from 15.83 to 25 regarding reading for details. The researcher recommended the implantation of the guided program to improve pupils’ reading comprehension skills. Teachers can implement the guided program to improve pupils’ reading comprehension skills.

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