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Vaughn, Sharon; Fall, Anna-Mária; Roberts, Greg; Wanzek, Jeanne; Swanson, Elizabeth; Martinez, Leticia R. – Journal of Learning Disabilities, 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…
Descriptors: Reading Comprehension, Reading Difficulties, Grade 8, Social Studies
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Swanson, Elizabeth; McCulley, Lisa V.; Osman, David J.; Scammacca Lewis, Nancy; Solis, Michael – Active Learning in Higher Education, 2019
This article reports a synthesis and meta-analysis of intervention studies investigating the effects of team-based learning on content knowledge outcomes. Team-based learning is a particular set of instructional components most often used in higher education classrooms. Authors of team-based learning reviews report that team-based learning…
Descriptors: Teamwork, Meta Analysis, Intervention, Teaching Methods
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Wanzek, Jeanne; Roberts, Greg; Vaughn, Sharon; Swanson, Elizabeth; Sargent, Katherine – Exceptional Children, 2019
Students with disabilities are often included in general education social studies classes, but these classes can differ in the achievement level of the overall class, including wide variation in content-related background knowledge, reading achievement, or both. The purpose of this study was to examine how background knowledge and reading…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Student Improvement, Randomized Controlled Trials, Adolescents
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Swanson, Elizabeth; Stevens, Elizabeth A.; Wexler, Jade – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2019
Students in middle school social studies classes are expected to learn content through text. Unfortunately, many students, particularly those with disabilities, struggle to comprehend grade-level texts (NCES, 2017). Implementing high-quality, text-based discussions is no easy task, yet it provides a way to support students with disabilities in the…
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, Disabilities, Middle School Students, Discussion (Teaching Technique)
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Swanson, Elizabeth; Stevens, Elizabeth A.; Wexler, Jade – Grantee Submission, 2019
Teachers are required to support students with disabilities in middle school social studies classrooms so that they can learn content from reading and comprehending complex text. One way to enhance comprehension of text is to facilitate text-based discussion; however, teachers often face difficulties when trying to engage students in this type of…
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, Students with Disabilities, Middle School Students, Discussion (Teaching Technique)
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Swanson, Elizabeth; Wanzek, Jeanne; Vaughn, Sharon; Fall, Anna-Maria; Roberts, Greg; Hall, Colby; Miller, Veronica L. – Reading & Writing Quarterly, 2017
This study aimed to determine the efficacy of a content knowledge and reading comprehension treatment implemented by 8th-grade social studies teachers over the course of 1 school year. We randomly assigned 8th-grade students with reading difficulties to the intervention treatment condition (n = 45) or the business-as-usual comparison condition…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Reading Comprehension, Grade 8, Social Studies
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Vaughn, Sharon; Martinez, Leticia R.; Wanzek, Jeanne; Roberts, Greg; Swanson, Elizabeth; Fall, Anna-Mária – Journal of Educational Psychology, 2017
Supporting the reading comprehension and content knowledge acquisition of English language learners (ELs) requires instructional practices that continue beyond developing the foundational skills of reading. In particular, the challenges ELs face highlight the importance of teaching reading comprehension practices in the middle grades through…
Descriptors: Course Content, Social Studies, Grade 8, Middle School Teachers
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Wanzek, Jeanne; Swanson, Elizabeth; Vaughn, Sharon; Roberts, Greg; Fall, Anna-Mária – Exceptional Children, 2016
This study investigated the effects of Promoting Adolescent Comprehension Through Text (PACT), a content knowledge and comprehension treatment for English learner and non--English learner students with disabilities who were provided instruction in general education social studies classrooms. Eighth-grade students with disabilities in the treatment…
Descriptors: English Language Learners, Reading Comprehension, Disabilities, Teaching Methods
Swanson, Elizabeth; Wanzek, Jeanne; McCulley, Lisa; Stillman-Spisak, Stephanie; Vaughn, Sharon; Simmons, Deborah; Fogarty, Melissa; Hairrell, Angela – Reading & Writing Quarterly, 2016
This study reports vocabulary and reading comprehension instructional practices implemented in middle and high school social studies and language arts classrooms. It also describes text reading practices. We conducted 137 observations of 11 social studies and 9 language arts teachers over the course of 1 academic year. We observed instructional…
Descriptors: Vocabulary Development, Reading Comprehension, Teaching Methods, Educational Practices
Swanson, Elizabeth; Wanzek, Jeanne; McCulley, Lisa; Stillman-Spisak, Stephanie; Vaughn, Sharon; Simmons, Deborah; Fogarty, Melissa; Hairrell, Angela – Grantee Submission, 2015
This study reports vocabulary and reading comprehension instructional practices implemented in middle and high school social studies and language arts classrooms. It also describes text reading practices. We conducted 137 observations of 11 social studies and 9 language arts teachers over the course of 1 academic year. We observed instructional…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, High School Students, Social Studies, Language Arts
Swanson, Elizabeth; Vaughn, Sharon; Wexler, Jade – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2017
When students read more, vocabulary knowledge increases (Cunningham & Stanovich, 2003; Krashen, 2004). Out of every 100 unknown words that students encounter while reading, they learn an average of 15 of them from text alone (Swanborn & de Glopper, 1999). In addition, as students age, they are more likely to infer word meanings, indicating…
Descriptors: Secondary School Students, Adolescents, Reading Instruction, Reading Comprehension
Swanson, Elizabeth; Vaughn, Sharon; Wexler, Jade – Grantee Submission, 2017
This article describes the importance of vocabulary knowledge in adolescents' reading comprehension, particularly for students with disabilities. Students with stronger vocabularies tend to have better background knowledge and improved understanding of content-area texts. We describe evidence-based vocabulary instructional practices that…
Descriptors: Adolescents, Content Area Reading, Direct Instruction, Disabilities