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ERIC Number: EJ816594
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 16
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 16
ISSN: ISSN-1536-3031
Improving Reading Comprehension in K-12 Education: Investigating the Impact of the Reading Specialist Credential on the Instructional Decisions of Veteran Teachers
Grisham, Dana L.
Issues in Teacher Education, v17 n1 p31-46 Spr 2008
Research has identified certain comprehension strategies that seem to work in an optimal manner to increase the reading comprehension of K-12 students. However, little evidence exists about whether teachers use identified, research-based strategies when teaching. In view of the critical nature of literacy achievement for diverse populations and demographics, research on this topic is critical. The study reported was conducted with graduate students in San Diego State University's (SDSU) advanced reading specialist credential program, where they are taught reading comprehension strategies as well as observed and evaluated as they teach these strategies during clinical work with students. As Graduate Reading Program Coordinator, the researcher along with her colleagues, was interested in determining the impact program instruction and experiences had on the pedagogical practices of the graduates. In this study, the researcher examined some particular and critically important outcomes of the Graduate Reading Program, not as an evaluation of the program's effectiveness, but as a beginning look at how teachers may be educated to teach reading comprehension instruction more effectively. The Rand Report on Reading Comprehension identified a number of research priorities for reading comprehension. In essence, a substantial research knowledge base exists but it is "sketchy, unfocused, and inadequate" as a basis for educational reform. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California