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ERIC Number: EJ1141940
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0279-6015
Improving Student Reading through Parents' Implementation of a Structured Reading Program
Mitchell, Courtney; Begeny, John C.
School Psychology Review, v43 n1 p41-58 2014
Parent tutoring offers potential as a means for assisting the large percentage of students who need to improve their reading skills. The primary purpose of this study was to examine the impact of a reading fluency intervention program when used by parents in the home during the summer months. Specifically, this study evaluated the effects of the Helping Early Literacy with Practice Strategies (HELPS) Program when implemented by parents with struggling readers. By use of a one-group pretest-posttest quasi-experimental design with the addition of two nonequivalent dependent variables, findings showed that students participating in the HELPS program significantly improved on four different measures of early reading, with effect sizes ranging from medium to large. Simultaneously, students did not show growth on nontargeted skills, as measured with the nonequivalent dependent variables. Parents also showed strong implementation integrity of the HELPS program and reported high acceptability. The implications of these findings and future research directions are discussed, including how the HELPS program may help to prevent summer learning loss.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Primary Education; Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Wechsler Individual Achievement Test; Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS); Gray Oral Reading Test
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A