Improving Literacy Through One-on-One Interaction Persuasive Essay by scribbler

A discussion on how one-on-one interaction between the elementary student and a tutor improves literacy.
# 152427 | 1,728 words | 8 sources | APA | 2013 | US
Published on Feb 10, 2013 in Education (Reading) , Education (Elementary School)

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The paper relates that improving literacy in childhood, especially in the earlier years of elementary school, can go a long way towards improving learning rates and overall academic achievement and progress in the country. The paper explores the literature to show that one of the best ways to accomplish this improvement in childhood literacy is through one-on-one interaction between the student and a tutor. The paper considers the personal experiences of tutors and contends that by engaging students, especially children, in early interpersonal reading interactions, learning will be enhanced for the rest of their lives.

The Tutor's Perspective
Evidence in Current Literature

From the Paper:

"There is no better way to gain a full understanding of a subject or phenomenon than to take a direct part in it. This is perhaps even more true of issues in education than it is in other fields, as the external explanations of the teacher-student interaction reveal very little of the actual processes involved. Taking part in one-on-one tutoring sessions with children in order to assist them with their reading skills provides ample evidence of the technique's efficacy, and this is precisely what the author did.
"The nearly three hundred students at Emerson Elementary are served by seventeen full-time instructors, bringing the number of students per classroom down to twenty or lower for kindergarten, first, second, and third grades, and with a maximum of twenty-six students in each of the four combination fourth/fifth grade classrooms. The small class sizes, as well as the full-time literacy and intervention specialist employed by the school, allows for a great deal of individual attention to be paid to each student's needs at their particular learning stage; this level of attention is only increased by the school's use of volunteer and part-time tutors and classroom helpers. It is in this latter capacity that the author was able to engage with several students in the third grade in one-on-one literacy tutoring, amongst many other learning and tutoring activities, showing profound and very positive effects."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Anderson, J.; Anderson, A.; Friedrich, N. & Kim, J. (2010). "Taking stock of family literacy: Some contemporary perspectives." Journal of early childhood literacy 10(1), pp. 33-53.
  • Carrington, V. (2003). "'I'm in a Bad Mood. Let's Go Shopping': Interactive Dolls, Consumer Culture and a 'Glocalized' Model of Literacy." Journal of early childhood literacy 3(1), pp. 83-98.
  • Christoph, J. (2009). "Each One Teach One: The Legacy of Evangelism in Adult Literacy Education." Written Communication 26, pp. 77-110.
  • Hogue, T. & Geier, C. (2009). "Delivering One-to-One Tutoring in Literacy via Videoconferencing." Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy 53(2), pp. 154-63.
  • Houge, T.; Geier, C. & Peyton, D. (2008). "Targeting adolescents' literacy skills using one-to-one instruction with research-based practices." Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy 51(8), pp. 640-50.

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