Document Type

Master's Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (M.A.)


Teacher Education


This action thesis research case study focused on Family Involvement and Reading. The purpose of this study was to examine whether Family Involvement made a difference in the reading success and reading enjoyment of a child. This study specifically targeted the Third Grade Students, Parents and Teachers at Greenfield Elementary School and how each group felt about their personal experiences with Family Involvement in Reading. This thesis sought to answer the following research questions throughout the study: 1. What are Families doing to involve themselves in their children's daily Reading Practices? 2. What is Greenfield Elementary School doing to increase Family Involvement in Reading? 3. What can we do to further promote and increase Family Involvement in Reading at Greenfield Elementary School? This case study surveyed the Third Grade Students, Parents and Teachers and used the information gathered to create an action plan with specific recommendations to further promote Family Involvement in Reading and to further develop a Home/School Partnership. This study took place over a period of four months and is limited to one particular school. The findings indicated that students, parents and teachers all believed that reading and other literacy practices are thoroughly enjoyed, desired and welcomed by all groups surveyed. All groups believed that Family Involvement in reading is of utmost importance and should be further developed. Specific recommendations included: "Make It and Take It" Workshops, Family Reading Nights, Family Reading Pajama Nights, Family Community Projects such as painting murals and Planting, Parenting Workshops and classes, and developing Parent Activity Centers.


Thesis (M.A.) Institute for Advanced Studies in Education

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