Erika Hall

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Master of Education (MEd)


Graduate Education


Understanding phonics is a critical component in a young student's ability to read. Research studies have shown the important role phonics plays in helping students become strong readers. The purpose of this study was to discover the ways that kindergarten teachers in Christian schools in West Michigan are teaching phonics in their classrooms, and to determine if kindergarten teachers share a list of common phonics goals for each of their kindergarteners to achieve by the end of kindergarten. The present study was a qualitative design using a survey to collect information from teachers in private elementary school kindergarten classrooms in West Michigan. The study found that the amount of time spent on phonics instruction in the kindergarten classrooms varied greatly and that a variety of instructional practices were being used. The study did find significant agreement regarding the desired outcomes of phonics instruction in the kindergarten classrooms.


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