Campus Location

Abilene Campus

Date of Award

Spring 5-11-2019

Document Type



Teacher Education

Degree Name

Master of Education in Teaching and Learning

First Advisor

Andrew Huddleston


This study addresses the topic of literature circles in an elementary classroom and their implications on students’ attitudes toward reading and their self-perceptions as readers. The author was a preservice teacher placed in a yearlong clinical teaching internship in a third-grade English Language Arts departmentalized classroom. The goal of the study was to implement literature circles in hopes to better understand students’ attitudes and self-perceptions as readers. For this study, the author collected data in the form of student interviews, survey data, a personal reflective journal, observations, and students’ reflections. Utilizing the constant comparative method, the author analyzed data for major themes which resulted in the following: autonomy, student engagement, and readers reading. The author found that her students were doing real reading that resulted in an increase in student independence and autonomy, increased student engagement, and dramatic improvements in students’ self-perceptions.

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