Paper Type

Master's Thesis


College of Education and Human Services

Degree Name

Master of Education in Elementary Education (MEd)



First Advisor

Dr. William Herrold

Second Advisor

Dr. Elinor Scheirer

Third Advisor

Dr. James Cangelosi


The purpose of this study was to determine the effect of using study guides in content areas of the elementary curriculum on the general level of comprehension of third grade pupils in those content areas. It appeared from the search of the literature that study guides had been little used for lower elementary students. More frequent use has been with upper elementary and high school students. A study using third grade subjects seemed to be of value for at least two reasons: one, to fill the gap and two, to discover the benefits that might accrue, or to lend credence to the prevailing idea that study guides are more suitable for upper level students.

Social Studies in the third grade curriculum presents the most concentrated effort in content reading, and for this prime reason it was chosen as the area for this study. Also, the text being utilized has a story line which aided in making a more cohesive framework for the study guides.

This study attempted to answer the question: What is the effect of using a series of study guides based on a third grad Social Studies text on the general level of comprehension of one experimental class of third grade students over a nine-week period as compared with third grade students in two similarly grouped control classes?