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ERIC Number: EJ796778
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 11
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 42
ISSN: ISSN-0022-2194
Intensifying Instruction: Does Additional Instructional Time Make a Difference for the Most At-Risk First Graders?
Harn, Beth A.; Linan-Thompson, Sylvia; Roberts, Gregory
Journal of Learning Disabilities, v41 n2 p115-125 2008
Research is clear on the benefit of early intervention efforts and the importance of intensive instructional supports; however, understanding which features to intensify is less clear. General intervention features of group size, instructional delivery, and time are areas schools can consider manipulating to intensify instruction. Also, each of these features can vary along a continuum making them easier or more challenging for schools to implement. What is unclear is if implementing very intensive interventions early in school (first grade), which require significantly more school resources, provides accordingly accelerated student learning. This article investigates the role of intensifying instructional time for the most at-risk first graders in schools implementing research-based instructional and assessment practices within multitiered instructional support systems. Results indicate that students receiving more intensive intervention made significantly more progress across a range of early reading measures. Intervention features, limitations, recommendations for practice, and implications for treatment resisters are discussed. (Contains 5 tables and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 1
Audience: Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
IES Cited: ED504264; ED560820; ED565630