Document Type

Graduate Project

Date of Degree Completion


Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)



Committee Chair

Steven Nourse

Second Committee Member

C. Gann

Third Committee Member

D. Fennerty


Male students statistically have not been as successful as females on standardized test scores or literacy activities. The discrepancy between literacy achievement between boys and girls at the elementary level is cause for concern. This gap between the literacy achievement of girls and boys will continue unless we change the way we teach. "All educators share the common goal of providing equitable learning opportunities for every student in the classroom. Providing equitable opportunities for girls is a familiar topic; providing them for boys is a relatively recent issue, but one that is appearing with increasing urgency on education agendas around the world" (Ontario Education 2004). The educational community to date had been unsuccessful in addressing the specific issue of the male literacy gap as shown on standardized tests. "The results of assessments administered to students in Grades 3 and 6 show that boys do not perform as well as girls in reading and writing"(2004 ). Educators need to apply research-based practices in order to provide the male students with the skills they need to be successful. This project will prove a reason to do so. The gap between the achievement of literacy between girls and boys at the elementary level needs to be addressed.


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