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Advisory Committee Chair

Grace Jepkemboi

Advisory Committee Members

Jenna Lachenaye

Lynn Kirkland

Pamela Harman Hamilton

Yu-Mei Wang

Document Type

Dissertation

Date of Award

2020

Degree Name by School

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) School of Education

Abstract

The purpose of this quantitative study was to explore 12 specific differentiated instructional strategies and their implementation by early childhood teachers who instruct kindergarten to third grade regarding content, process, and product components in the reading curriculum. This study was guided by three research questions: Question 1: Which specific strategies of differentiated instruction are being implemented in reading regarding content in curriculum instruction? Question 2: Which specific strategies of differentiated instruction are being implemented in reading regarding process in curriculum instruction? Question 3: Which specific strategies of differentiated instruction are being implemented in reading regarding product in curriculum instruction. Results from the study identified six differentiated instruction strategies that were being implemented to empower student success. Learning centers/learning stations/strategy skills was the number one strategy used by teachers. Ongoing assessments was the second highest rated strategy, and a variety of materials, varying questions, student interests, and tiered activities and leveled texts were included in the six strategies that emerged from the study. Implications for teachers, administration, and policy are discussed, as well as future research. Keywords: differentiated instruction, early childhood, reading, reading strategies, Carol Ann Tomlinson

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