The read-aloud as a primary experience

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Langmuir, Gayla
University of Lethbridge. Faculty of Education
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Lethbridge, Alta. : University of Lethbridge, Faculty of Education, 2003
The act of teachers reading aloud to children has become an increasingly common experience as more teachers use literature-based reading instruction. This study examines the significance of the Read-Aloud in a primary classroom through a phenomenological account. It includes a brief history of phenomenology as a research method into pedagogic practice. The lived experience of the Read-Aloud is analyzed through the six research activities recommended by van Manen (1990) in the book Researching Li1'ed Experience. Audio taped read-aloud sessions in a grade one / two classroom are combined with adult memories of being read to. Four themes emerge as essential to the experience of the Read-Aloud in a primary classroom. These themes are: pleasure, enhanced vocabulary, the ability to move beyond the here and now through imagination and an increased understanding of the real world. The study concludes with a discussion of the responsibility of the pedagogue in light of what was discovered about the experience of the Read-Aloud.
v, 62 leaves ; 29 cm. --
Oral reading , Reading (Elementary)