The effects of reading the textbook in a seventh grade science classroom
In this investigation the science textbook was read orally through 12 weeks of our 7th grade science curriculum. Formative assessments were given throughout this period after each section of a chapter was read. Pre and post tests were given before and after each chapter. The next 12 weeks followed the same pattern except for the fact that the students read the textbook silently. Students' surveys were given at the beginning of the school year, after the 12 weeks of reading orally, and again after the 12 weeks of reading silently. Silent reading showed better results in both the formative and summative assessments. The survey showed that students don't particularly enjoy reading orally, but they feel it improves their learning.