ERIC Number: EJ1097186
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Abstractor: As Provided
Considering the Needs of English Language Learner Populations: An Examination of the Population Validity of Reading Intervention Research
Moore, Brooke A.; Klingner, Janette K.
Journal of Learning Disabilities, v47 n5 p391-408 Sep-Oct 2014
This article synthesizes reading intervention research studies intended for use with struggling or at-risk students to determine which studies adequately address population validity, particularly in regard to the diverse reading needs of English language learners. An extensive search of the professional literature between 2001 and 2010 yielded a total of 67 reading intervention studies targeting at-risk elementary students. Findings revealed that many current research studies fail to adequately describe the sample, including the accessible and target populations, and to disaggregate their findings based on demographic characteristics. When population validity issues are not addressed, researchers cannot generalize findings to other populations of students, and it becomes unclear what intervention strategies work, especially with English language learner student populations. However, 25 studies did specifically recognize and address the needs of English language learners, indicating more researchers are taking into consideration the diverse needs of other struggling student populations.
Descriptors: English Language Learners, Student Needs, Reading Instruction, Literature Reviews, Intervention, At Risk Students, Elementary School Students, Research Methodology, Response to Intervention, Validity, Second Language Learning, Coding
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