Essay on contributing inquiry and research in education

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Contributing Inquiry and Research in Education
Danielle A. Hayes
Capella University

Abstract
[The abstract is a summary of every main point in your paper. For this assignment, include a brief description of background information, action research purpose, inquiry design, and reflection.]

Table of Contents

Introduction ##
Background Information ##
Purpose ##
Inquiry Design ##
Reflection ##
Conclusion ##

Contributing Inquiry and Research in Education
Introduction
The subject of my wondering would be literacy with an emphasis on reading comprehension. Reading comprehension is the overall goal when it comes to the multiple facets of reading. Students must be able to decode the words on the page as well as comprehend them. Reading comprehension becomes a huge issue for children who are labeled as “struggling readers.” The label of the struggling reader means the student may be having trouble decoding the semantics of any given sentence. The negative label of being a struggling reader highly affects a student’s attitude towards the subject of reading. Once a child has been labeled as such, it becomes difficult for the child to motivate himself or herself to read, especially if there is very little assistance given. The problem I have identified in my classroom/school is that the negative labels that are placed on struggling readers at the elementary school level are highly affecting a students’ attitude towards the subject of reading. Therefore, the purpose of my research is to see if the students who have a negative attitude towards reading are introduced to innovative reading strategies that are to improve their reading skills, then it is possible to increase the students’ attitudes as well. When teachers arm all readers with the necessary tools to combat the lack of skills, then reading becomes a positive force in the lives of the students. Background Information My target population consists of ten students who are in Kindergarten located in a low-socio economic area. None of these students have access to additional resources outside of school due to lack of funding. I will use five struggling readers and 5 non-struggling readers to conduct my research. The new epidemic of students having a lack of motivation to read is becoming more apparent than before. More students are being labeled as struggling readers when these same students are only lacking the necessary reading strategies needed to tackle reading.
Therefore, as educators, the problem must be combated before it becomes too large to handle. Students must be taught that reading comprehension requires several strategies in order to produce a comprehensive and cohesive understanding of the material. The arduous task of increasing reading comprehension can seem impossible for teachers, but, with the implementation of various reading strategies, there is some hope of helping those students in need.
Purpose
The problem I have identified in my classroom/school is that the negative labels that are placed on struggling readers at the elementary school level are highly affecting a students’ attitude towards the subject of reading. Therefore, the purpose of my research is to see if the students who have a negative attitude towards reading are introduced to innovative reading strategies that are to improve their reading skills, then it is possible to increase the students’ attitudes as well. When teachers arm all readers with the necessary tools to combat the lack of skills, then reading becomes a positive force in the lives of the students.
To achieve the stated purpose, my research questions are: (a) what happens to student attitudes about reading after the implementation of innovative reading comprehension strategies? (b) Why does reading affect student attitudes? (c) How will the researcher know if student attitudes have increased after the strategy implementation?
Inquiry Design
To collect the needed data, three methods of data collections would be…