First Advisor

Cunningham, Kathy

Second Advisor

Parks, Martin


College for Professional Studies

Degree Name

Master of Education


School of Education and Counseling

Document Type

Thesis - Open Access



Number of Pages

75 pages


While the methods of teaching reading are constantly changing due to advancements, the purpose of this research has been to determine the effectiveness of two particular reading methods that are currently being practiced. The "scientifically based" reading program demands explicit and systematic instructional strategies as outlined in the No Child Left Behind Act-Reading First Grant while the optional reading method allows the teacher to selected reading material, time allocations, and reading techniques based on local objectives and expectations (Nevada Reading First). Based on a questionnaire, which examines teacher's perceptions of their reading program, this project compares both advantages and disadvantages of a scientifically based reading program with that of an optional reading program. Results showed that neither program is more effective, but that each contains advantages and disadvantages to be considered. It is recommended that further research, investigating student test scores as well, be conducted.

Date of Award

Spring 2006

Location (Creation)

Denver, Colorado

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