- Boys and Reading (2005-06)
Does the Use of Pre-designed Graphic Organizers in Reading Instruction Increase Boys' Engagement and Level of Comprehension? (Grades 3 and 4) — Susan Droke, Presbyterian Day School, Memphis, TN, United States; Julie Haas, St. Albans School, Washington D.C., United States; Maddy Ross, third grade teacher; The Ridge School, Johannesburg, South Africa
The National Reading Panel (2000) cites graphic organizers as one of seven categories of instruction that are the most effective in the improvement of reading comprehension. The report states that “the rationale for the explicit teaching of comprehension skills is that comprehension can be improved by teaching students to use specific cognitive strategies or to reason strategically when they encounter barriers to understanding what they are reading” (NRPR, 2000)
Preliminary findings indicate that the graphic organizers did positively impact the boys’ comprehension and level of engagement with the novels.
Educator quote about IBSC Action Research
"The team members quickly discovered that, despite age, gender, experience, and geographical differences, we shared a common passion for not only engaging boys more effectively in the reading process, but also for participating in meaningful collaboration with other dedicated professionals around the world."