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ERIC Number: EJ826282
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Dec
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 16
ISSN: ISSN-0740-2708
A Pilot Study of the Efficacy of Two Adult Basic Literacy Programs for Incarcerated Males
Shippen, Margaret E.
Journal of Correctional Education, v59 n4 p339-347 Dec 2008
The purpose of this study was to compare the effects of two adult basic reading programs, Direct Instruction Corrective Reading Decoding and Laubach Literacy, on the reading achievement of incarcerated male adults (n = 27) in an Alabama prison. Participants were tutors and students taking part in a reading tutoring program at the facility. The student participants were reading below the 5th grade level precluding them from participating in the General Equivalency Diploma (GED) program. Instruction by the tutors was implemented over a six month period. Data in the areas of basic literacy (e.g., word identification, word attack, and reading comprehension) were collected using the Woodcock Reading Mastery Test- Revised/NU. Results indicated that neither program was superior, though all participants, students and tutors, significantly improved in one or more area of the basic literacy. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Basic Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Alabama
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: General Educational Development Tests; Woodcock Reading Mastery Test