Improving Literacy Skills with Urban Children in U.S.A. Seeing themselves in Literature Books

By Kim Song and Susan Catapano.

Published by The Learner Collection

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Teacher candidates conducted a reading support project for urban children who had lower reading levels. The purpose was to examine if children can improve literacy skills through individualized reading strategies.

Keywords: Urban Education, Reading Strategies, Assessment, Children's Literature, Instructional Technology, Individualized Instruction, Collaboration between Teacher Education and Public Schools

International Journal of Learning, Volume 13, Issue 3, pp.111-118. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 847.838KB).

Dr. Kim Song

Dr. Kim H. Song has taught social studies methods courses and research methods courses at University of Missouri – St. Louis, U. S. A. Kim’s research interest includes closing urban students’ achievement gap, backward instructional planning cycle, instructional technology and content learning, and international education. She presented numerous papers in national and international conferences and published several articles on conceptual framework of assessment, urban teachers’ beliefs, multicultural educational techniques, purposefully designed teacher education courses, democratic education process: kids voting and a book on portfolio development. She is now working on two projects. One is to focus on how to help teachers improve their content teaching strategies using children’s literature books. The other one is to examine how self-assessment of teaching performances can help teachers improve their teaching and student learning through the analysis of their own video taped presentations.

Dr Susan Catapano

Susan Catapano, Ed.D. teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses in early childhood education and early childhood special education. She prepares undergraduate students to earn Missouri State Teacher’s Certification in Early Childhood Education, Birth through 3rd grade. She is a principle investigator on a US Department of Education Teacher Quality Enhancement Grant ($3.2 million) that supports new teachers and student teachers learning to teach in urban settings. She is an active member of the local, state, and National Association for the Education of Young Children.


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