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ERIC Number: EJ823892
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Dec
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 60
ISSN: ISSN-1045-3830
Examining the Effects of a Comprehensive Writing Program on the Writing Performance of Middle School Students with Learning Disabilities in Written Expression
McCurdy, Merilee; Skinner, Christopher; Watson, Steuart; Shriver, Mark
School Psychology Quarterly, v23 n4 p571-586 Dec 2008
Many students have difficulty in educational and employment settings because they have failed to master basic writing skills. Multiple-baseline across-tasks designs were used to evaluate the effects of the Comprehensive Writing Program (CWP), a multicomponent intervention, on the writing performance of all students (n = 17) from 3 9th-grade special education classrooms. The CWP included direct instruction, assignment choice, increased practice, group rewards, and individual feedback. Assessment procedures were used to collect data on 3 target skills: percentage of sentences that (a) were complete sentences, (b) contained adjectives, and (c) were compound sentences. Results suggest that the CWP increased students' performance on recently taught or retaught skills; however, not all increases were maintained. Discussion focuses on future applied and theoretical research designed to address limitations of the current study and to enhance the effectiveness of the CWP. (Contains 1 table and 3 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 9; Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A