Open Access Graduate Research Paper
Home and school; Education, Elementary--Parent participation;
A fifth grade elementary teacher who regularly uses book clubs as a part of her reading program offers the parents of her students the opportunity to learn about and participate in a book club with their children. The parents of the teacher's 24 students were invited to attend an informational meeting to learn how book clubs function in their child's classroom and to discover the value of discussion in developing and promoting reading comprehension. Eight parents and their children joined the Family Book Club. They all read In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson by Betty Bao Lord and attended three consecutive Sunday discussions. The teacher wanted to learn whether being involved in a book club would change the way the parents felt about reading to or with their pre-adolescent child, whether they would feel more informed about their child's reading performance and instruction, and whether they would they feel this was an effective activity. On questionnaires, parental feedback regarding the experience was consistently positive.
Year of Submission
Master of Arts in Education
Department of Curriculum and Instruction
Penny L. Beed
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©2004 Kimberly Gansen
Gansen, Kimberly, "Parents join the club : inviting parents and children to participate in a family book club" (2004). Graduate Research Papers. 716.