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The Effects of Receiving Animal Assisted Therapy on the Self-Efficacy and Reading Fluency of Struggling Readers

By Lisa M. Smith

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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to determine the effects of using animal-assisted therapy on the self-efficacy and reading fluency of struggling readers. The measurement tool used was Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Learning Skills (DIBELS) and the Elementary Reading Attitude Survey. This study used a pre-test/post-test design to measure the data collected from both instruments. Achievement gains were shown to be slightly higher in reading fluency for the experimental group shown in the post-test and a slightly less positive attitude towards reading at the end of the study. Research in this area should continue as there is very little information available regarding the use of animal-assisted therapy as a reading intervention.

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Mason N McLary

HABRI Central

Date 2009
Pages 20
Publisher Goucher College
Location of Publication Baltimore, Maryland
Department Education
Degree Education
URL http://hdl.handle.net/11603/2845
Language English
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  1. Animal-assisted therapies
  2. Animal roles
  3. Animals in culture
  4. Assessment
  5. Books
  6. Children
  7. Education
  8. Health
  9. Human-animal relationships
  10. Interventions
  11. Literacy programs
  12. Service animals
  13. therapy
  14. therapy animals