Academy of Finland
Funding decision
Applicant / Contact person Hautala, Jarkko
Organisation Niilo Mäki Institute
Project title Motivating children to read by Reader’s Theater (ReadMore)
Decision No. 325020
Decision date 24.05.2019
Funding period 01.09.2019 - 31.08.2023
Funding 441 103
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Project description
Significant learning experiences may motivate students, especially those with learning disabilities, to try harder and achieve better in their schooling. To study the promise of project-organized Reader’s Theater (RT) -program (one term) in reading remediation, a largescale longitudinal (18 months) research (N=350) approach is conducted. To disentangle the specific effects of RT and project-organized learning, three groups of reading disabled children (8-10 year old) will be included: 1) project-based RT preparing a real theatre play for an audience. 2) exercise-based RT receiving individual drama-enriched reading exercises. 3) Business-as-usual group receive reading support provided by their school 4) control group of class-room peers. The research project produces also RT programs to serve Finnish education system