ERIC Number: EJ1203633
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019
Abstractor: As Provided
Class Percentage of Students with Reading Difficulties on Content Knowledge and Comprehension
Vaughn, Sharon; Fall, Anna-Mária; Roberts, Greg; Wanzek, Jeanne; Swanson, Elizabeth; Martinez, Leticia R.
Journal of Learning Disabilities, v52 n2 p120-134 Mar-Apr 2019
We examined the efficacy of a content acquisition and reading comprehension intervention implemented in eighth-grade social studies classrooms. Using a within-teacher randomized control design, 18 eighth-grade teachers' social studies classes were randomly assigned to a treatment or comparison condition. Teachers taught all their classes (treatment and comparison) using the same content; however, in the treatment classes, teachers used instructional practices that included comprehension canopy, essential words, knowledge acquisition, and team-based learning. Students with reading comprehension difficulties in the treatment classes (n = 359) outperformed students with reading comprehension difficulties in the comparison classes (n = 331) on measures of content knowledge acquisition and content reading comprehension but not general reading comprehension. In addition, the proportion of students with reading comprehension difficulties in classes moderated outcomes for content knowledge acquisition and content reading comprehension.
Descriptors: Reading Comprehension, Reading Difficulties, Grade 8, Social Studies, Teaching Methods, Cooperative Learning, Knowledge Level, Vocabulary Development, Instructional Effectiveness, Middle School Students, Intervention
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 8; Junior High Schools; Middle Schools; Elementary Education; Secondary Education
Sponsor: Institute of Education Sciences (ED)
Authoring Institution: N/A
IES Funded: Yes
Grant or Contract Numbers: R305F100013