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ERIC Number: EJ794541
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Mar
Pages: 21
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 32
ISSN: ISSN-0740-2708
A Multi-State Study Examining the Impact of Explicit Reading Instruction with Incarcerated Students
Houchins, David E.; Jolivette, Kristine; Krezmien, Mike P.; Baltodano, Heather M.
Journal of Correctional Education, v59 n1 p65-85 Mar 2008
This randomized pretest/posttest group study examined the impact of explicit instruction in decoding, comprehension, and fluency on the reading achievement of incarcerated students from facilities in a southwestern (SW) state, a southeastern (SE) state, and a mid-Atlantic (MA) state. Comparisons were made between instruction comprised of higher and lower teacher-student ratio groups (1:12 v. 1:4) for the MA site and overall student reading growth rates for the SW and SE site. A total of 49 students were involved (SW=13, SE =16, MA=20). MANCOVA results for the MA site found significant differences for group size on the Letter-Word Identification subtest of the Woodcock Reading Mastery test. Pretest and posttest difference scores are reported for the SW and SE sites. Results are discussed in relationship to the implication of providing explicit reading instruction with lower teacher-student ratios and the overall difficulty of conducting juvenile justice research. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Woodcock Reading Mastery Test