Document Type

Graduate Project

Date of Degree Completion

Summer 2004

Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)



Committee Chair

Andrea C. Sledge

Second Committee Member

Steven A. Schmitz

Third Committee Member

Craig Hughes


Many children do not have adequate access to print. To rectify this in her school, the author created an ongoing Book Swap Room. The author documented the reading growth of students by looking at their reading test data in conjunction with records of the number of books traded in the Room. A family survey was used on three occasions to determine book ownership in the home of students, and a student survey was used to determine whether the Book Swap Room was achieving its desired goal of reinforcing book ownership. Though results were mixed and inconclusive, the author has seen changes in attitude in her students and in other students throughout her building.