America Reads is an after-school tutoring program housed at Clemson Elementary School. Staffed by students from across majors, the program serves struggling readers in kindergarten through third grade. Though the program has a record of success in terms of increasing reading motivation and reading achievement, each year directors of the program strive to make the program better. The creative inquiry team has had a significant impact in this regard, as research findings generated by past C.I. projects have informed refinement of the program. The team this year was charged with reviewing the literature to determine \what works\" in tutoring programs similar in structure to America Reads. Informed by this knowledge and information specific to our own program two camps within the team emerged each with a viable intervention. Rather than settle on one it was decided that both studies would be piloted. With modest guidance from their mentors the two camps developed research questions and designed the two studies currently being conducted."
Dodgins, E.; Hamilton, S.; Herring, K.; Hughes, J.; Jennings, D.; Ramey, M. D.; Homer, A.; and Gambrell, L., "America reads: A tale of two studies" (2014). Focus on Creative Inquiry. 75.