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ERIC Number: ED416468
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Dec
Pages: 8
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National Reading Conference Research Reflections: An Analysis of Twenty Years of Research.
Dunston, Pamela J.; Schenk, Rebecca; Headley, Kathy; Ridgeway, Victoria
A study examined 20 years of research represented in the National Reading Conference (NRC) Yearbooks with the purpose of creating an NRC Yearbook database. The study analyzed overall trends in research topics and paradigms used by individuals whose work was reported in the NRC Yearbook between 1975-1995. The analysis was guided by the following questions: What reading research topics were investigated by NRC researchers published in the yearbooks?; and, What research designs and data analysis methodologies were used? A total of 694 research studies were examined. Results indicated that, initially, 79 different topics were listed. After data reduction by categorizing data by topic, 11 major areas of investigation remained, and of those 11 topics, 6 were the most frequently researched: (1) adult/college/family literacy; (2) beginning/early/emergent literacy; (3) comprehension; (4) instruction; (5) students; and (6) teachers. Findings suggest that 7% of the qualitative studies used ethnographic analysis, and 17% reported case study use. Constant comparative analysis was used in 15% of the studies and content analysis in 14%; another 29% of the qualitative studies reported placing data into categories for analysis purposes. Specific analysis procedures could not be determined for 45% of the qualitative studies. (Contains three figures and nine references.) (CR)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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