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Master of Education (MEd)
The purpose of this supplemental curriculum is to determine if the use of therapy dogs would make positive differences in students' attitudes towards reading. The project would target a small control group of 2 students per grade level, grades K-4. During the project each student is provided an hour long session per week, over ten week's time, reading with a therapy dog and volunteer handler. Research has shown successful impact in the use of therapy dogs to assist low-level readers in one-on-one instruction, relating to a more positive, willing attitude towards reading on an individual and group basis.
"Effect of Reading Education Assistance Dogs on the attitudes of low-level readers grades K-4" Whitworth University (2008). Research and Curriculum Projects.
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