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Sample Action Research Proposal

IMPROVING READING COMPREHENSION


THROUGH THE USE OF HIGHER ORDER THINKING ACTIVITIES
I - Proponent:
Noel R. Dauran
Master Teacher - I
Baya Elementary School
Ragay, Camarines Sur
II - Background of the Study:
The area of focus for my project is improving Reading Comprehension Through the Use of
Higher Order Thinking Skill Activities. Without the solid foundation of reading skill the researcher feels
the children will be struggle hard throughout their schooling and adult life. By learning the best
comprehension strategies and how to best teach these strategies to the pupils, the researcher hopes to
provide the solid foundation needed to succeed . Although the school's NAT result has meet or exceed
its expectation, still the researcher has a thought of a way to improve it. In reading class, the grade three
pupils scored84%, but the scores dropped in the 4th grade. So the researcher concludes that the pupils
score decreases because of the pupils have very poor higher - order thinking skills to increase reading
test scores and develop meaningful reading experience to the pupils.
III - Statement of the Problem:
As the researcher of this research, I have found out that many of my pupils in grade III are able
to read fluently, but still have difficulty in answering the "how" and "why" questions. I am hoping that by
incorporating higher order thinking skills my pupils would be able to transfer and make connections to
reading. This is important in order for a child to be successful. I feel that incorporating reading strategies
and showing students how to reflect about what they have read, would improve their reading
comprehension and to become life-long learners. I am looking forward to working on this area of
concern, and sharing my findings with my co-teachers.
IV- Significance of the Study:
The study will be deemed important for the proper recognition of the improving Reading
Comprehension Through the use of higher - order thinking activities on the academic Performance of
the grade III pupils, Likewise, the findings of this research may prove useful to the following, to wit;
Pupils. Having a clearer view and firsthand experience of the teacher's performance, this
will further enhance pupil's knowledge of the importance of mastering the basic skills of their
competencies so they will make an effort to do best. This may lead to better enthusiasm and develop
good study habit.
Teachers. This study may heighten their awareness in identifying the learning tasks that
are well developed as well as the least. This may further be a motivating factor to adapt measures and
new strategies for the improvement of instructions in reading.
Parents. The result of this study will serve as bird's eye view of the parent to know the
needs of their children with regards to improving their reading comprehension.

School Administrator and Supervisors. Results of this investigation may encourage administrators
and supervisors help their teachers upgrade their teaching performance in improving reading
comprehension through closer supervision and faculty development and training programs.
Department of Education Camarines Sur Specially Ragay District. With the use of the
results of the study, any educational upliftment will benefit the municipality of Ragay as it may improve
the quality of working force of the municipality or the quality of life of their respective constituents.
Curriculum Planners. The findings of this study may assists the planners in the proper
selection of methods, techniques, and strategies that need to be reinforced.
Community.The result of this study may benefit the community in as much they know
that the teachers of their children are equipped with the necessary tools and competence in teaching
them.
Researcher Himself. This may serve as inspiration in teaching his pupils above and
beyond his capacity.
Future Researcher. The information and insights that will be gained from this study may
serve as guide for other researcher in framing their conceptual framework and design and at the same
time encourage them to conduct lateral studies within their area of preferences.
V- Scope of the Study
The general focus of the present study was on the Improving Reading Comprehension
Through the use of Higher Order Thinking Skills Activities of the grade III pupils in Baya Elementary
School, District of Ragay, Division Of Camarines Sur.The study covered the PHIL-IRI assessment result of
the school year 2011-2012 utilizing the post -test. The aspect s in Improving Reading Comprehension
that the present study will look into the different reading strategies. Predicting, making connections,
visualizing, Inferring, questioning, and summarizing are shown on this research to improve reading
comprehension.
VI - Research Design
A. Methodology
This study employ the pre-Experimental one shot case study. According to De Jesus
the pre experimental one shot case study is a design in which a single group is only studied
once, subsequent to a treatment is the instruction of reading strategies . It is important to
teach
the strategies by naming the strategy and how it should be used, modelling trough think
aloud
process, group practice, partner practice and independent use of the strategy.
The second tool used was the Phil-Iri test administered to the pupils in the grade III
pupils in the first week of July, 2011. This tool used to determine student growth in reading
comprehension.
The teacher observation checklist was used by the researcher to gather data
throughout the intervention. This tool provides information of changes on how well his pupils
understand and use reading comprehension strategies over time.

B. Sampling Design
Purposive sampling was employed in selecting pupils - respondent of the study. The
pupils who were selected were enrolled in the third grade class for the school year 20112012.
C. Description of Instrument Data and Gathering Form.
The Metacomprehension Strategy Index had a total of 25 questions divided into three parts
that asked about the strategies pupils used to help them better understand the story. Part I of MSI is
consist of statement about the strategies used prior to reading a story, Part II of the MSI consist of
statement about the strategies used while reading a story, and the part III of the MSI consist of
statement about the strategies used after reading the story.

VI - Work Plan
Pre - Implementation
Date
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Activities
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During Implimentation
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Post - Implementation
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Proposed Budget:
Expected Expenses
* Computer's Ink
* Bond paper

Proposed Budget
Php. 1, 606.00
Php. 108.00

Prepared by:
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Teacher- I
Noted:
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School Head

Recommending Approval:
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Public Schools District Supervisor

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ES - I English

Approved:
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Asst. Schools Division Superintendent