Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)


Graduate Education

First Advisor

Dennis Vander Plaats

Second Advisor

Rick Eigenbrood


The purpose of this study was to determine if reading aloud to eighth-grade students would have a more beneficial effect on students in the areas of comprehension and attitudes toward reading in comparison to students reading to themselves. Forty-one eighth-grade students in two separate classrooms were involved ina literature-based social studies unit. During a three-week time period one class had the historical novel Johnny Tremain read aloud to them while the other group read the same novel to themselves. Three comprehension quizzes were given as well as a pre-test and post-test using Estes Scale to Measure Attitudes Toward Reading.

The results indicated that reading aloud to eighth-grade students does not significantly result in greater comprehension or positive changes in attitudes toward reading.


Action Research Report Submitted in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of Master of Education