Environmental factors and literacy learning and instruction.
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AbstractThe basis for this thesis is research into the topic of environmental factors for literacy learning and instruction. To answer the research question, what are the environmental factors that influence literacy learning and instruction, an extensive review of the literature was conducted. A synthesis of the review was then conducted to produce several findings related to the research question. Results of the synthesis reveal that visible factors contributing to positive literacy learning are access to print through classroom and public libraries, technology in the classroom, the physical design of a classroom, and student behavior and school atmosphere. The findings also show that invisible factors contributing to positive literacy learning are school safety, classroom diversity, a supportive learning environment, and student motivation. All of these factors appear to contribute to the design of a learning environment that promotes literacy learning and instruction.
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