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ERIC Number: EJ786251
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 18
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 36
ISSN: ISSN-0731-9487
The Effects of Instruction in an Inference Strategy on the Reading Comprehension Skills of Adolescents with Disabilities
Fritschmann, Nanette Salim; Deshler, Donald D.; Schumaker, Jean Bragg
Learning Disability Quarterly, v30 n4 p245-262 Fall 2007
The purpose of this study was to determine the effects of teaching eight secondary students with disabilities, including seven with learning disabilities, a strategy for answering a variety of inferential questions. A multiple-baseline across-subjects design was employed. Outcome measures included scores on researcher-devised comprehension quizzes, a standardized test of reading comprehension, a strategy use test, a strategy knowledge test, and a reading satisfaction measure. Fidelity of implementation, instructional time, and maintenance of skills were also measured. Results suggest that students with disabilities can learn to use a strategy to answer a variety of inferential questions, and mastery of its use can result in improved scores on criterion-based and standardized measures of reading comprehension. In addition, students' satisfaction with their reading improved. (Contains 6 tables and 4 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A