Date of Award

Spring 2020

Document Type




First Reader

Dr. Kathy Collins

Second Reader

Dr. Amy Sonheim

Third Reader

Professor Rene Zimny


I am passionate about the topic of literacy and believe it is a fundamental human right. Through my thesis, I explore why literacy is so important for individuals and society as a whole by exploring the history of how reading has been taught, how the science of reading has impacted how reading is now taught, such as with Arkansas's new Reading Initiative for Student Excellence reading initiative. Ultimately, by exploring the process of reading and the new initiative, I want to provide a new and deeper appreciation for the value of literacy.



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