Teaching M.A.

Year Approved


First Advisor

Silmser, Lisa


Educators and policymakers have the responsibility of preparing students to be college and career ready, but many students entering postsecondary education are having to enroll in remedial courses to fill the learning gap created by secondary education. High school teachers need to shift their instructional mindset to include a more student-centered learning environment that promotes the learning of advanced literacy skills that should be explicitly taught across all content area classrooms. Teachers should model reading comprehension strategies in order to promote critical thinking and increase awareness of domain specific knowledge. Frequent, and purposeful writing activities should also be incorporated into instruction and should involve lengthier and more complex writing tasks to encourage critical thinking and prepare students for the demands of a postsecondary education. When reading, writing, and inquiry strategies are promoted within each subject area and students are encouraged to collaborate, reflect on their learning, and ask higher order questions, students' self-efficacy increases, and academic learning improves.

Degree Name

Teaching M.A.

Document Type

Masterʼs thesis