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ERIC Number: EJ908028
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 53
ISSN: ISSN-1540-0077
Promoting Early Literacy of Preschool Children: A Study of the Effectiveness of "Funnix Beginning Reading"
Stockard, Jean
Journal of Direct Instruction, v10 n1 p29-48 Win 2010
Thirty-seven students from a suburban community in the southern United States were randomly assigned to receive 30 minutes of additional instruction each day in their usual language arts curriculum or 30 minutes of instruction with the Direct Instruction program, "Funnix Beginning Reading". Instruction for the "Funnix" group was provided by high school aged tutors, trained and supervised by an experienced teacher. Pretesting before instruction began indicated no significant differences between the two groups in letter naming fluency or initial sound fluency. However, by winter and spring the students in the "Funnix" group had significantly higher scores on numerous measures of beginning literacy. These results occurred with simple comparison of means, comparisons of scores to established bench- marks, and multivariate analyses that controlled for initial levels of skill and minority status. The results also appeared when a reduced sample that individually matched children on their pretest scores was used. (Contains 4 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Preschool Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A