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ERIC Number: EJ893981
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Sep
Pages: 26
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 37
ISSN: ISSN-0922-4777
The Relative Effects of Group Size on Reading Progress of Older Students with Reading Difficulties
Vaughn, Sharon; Wanzek, Jeanne; Wexler, Jade; Barth, Amy; Cirino, Paul T.; Fletcher, Jack; Romain, Melissa; Denton, Carolyn A.; Roberts, Greg; Francis, David
Reading and Writing: An Interdisciplinary Journal, v23 n8 p931-956 Sep 2010
This study reports findings on the relative effects from a yearlong secondary intervention contrasting large-group, small-group, and school-provided interventions emphasizing word study, vocabulary development, fluency, and comprehension with seventh- and eighth-graders with reading difficulties. Findings indicate that few statistically significant results or clinically significant gains were associated with group size or intervention. Findings also indicate that a significant acceleration of reading outcomes for seventh- and eighth-graders from high-poverty schools is unlikely to result from a 50 min daily class. Instead, the findings indicate, achieving this outcome will require more comprehensive models including more extensive intervention (e.g., more time, even smaller groups), interventions that are longer in duration (multiple years), and interventions that vary in emphasis based on specific students' needs (e.g., increased focus on comprehension or word study).
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Grade 7; Grade 8
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Language: English
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