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Rosenblum, L. Penny; Herzberg, Tina; Mason, Loana K.; Anderson, Dawn L.; Reisman, Tammy; Edstrand, Kitty G.; Abner, Gerald; Carter, Mark – Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness, 2021
Specialized assessments, including the learning media assessment (LMA), are essential in appropriately planning and implementing instruction for students with visual impairments (Holbrook et al., 2017; Lusk et al., 2013). The LMA, first introduced by Koenig and Holbrook in the early 1990s, was designed to be an "objective process of…
Descriptors: Students with Disabilities, Visual Impairments, Blindness, Student Needs
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Zakai, Sivan – Journal of Jewish Education, 2018
This "think-aloud" study examines how a group of American Jewish teenagers read historical documents that addressed what it has meant over time to be American and/or Jewish. It demonstrates that students use a variety of sense-making strategies as they read about the past, many of which fall beyond the boundaries of critical historical…
Descriptors: Jews, Adolescents, History Instruction, Documentation
Lafontaine, Dominique; Dupont, Virginie; Schillings, Patricia – International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement, 2018
PIRLS 2016 data from eight education systems were used to examine how teachers from three different language groups differed in their teaching of reading literacy. Teaching reading practices differed substantially between the three linguistic/cultural groups. In English-speaking systems, effective practices for establishing reading literacy seem…
Descriptors: Reading Instruction, Literacy, Teaching Methods, Cultural Differences
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Herzberg, Tina S.; Rosenblum, Penny; Robbins, Mary E. – Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness, 2017
Introduction: This study analyzed survey responses from 84 teachers of students with visual impairments who had provided literacy instruction to dual-media students who used both print and braille. Methods: These teachers in the United States and Canada completed an online survey during spring 2015. Results: The teachers reported that they…
Descriptors: Literacy Education, Teaching Experience, Teacher Surveys, Visual Impairments
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Rodrigo, Victoria – Hispania, 2016
Graded readers can be an optimal resource to help language students improve and personalize their learning experience. An extensive reading library with graded readers and well-defined levels of reading difficulty increases language students' chances of having a successful reading experience and become independent readers. However, when it comes…
Descriptors: Readability, Reading Materials, Spanish, Libraries
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Huang, Suhua; Orellana, Pelusa; Capps, Matthew – Reading Research Quarterly, 2016
The purpose of this study was to investigate the differences between the amounts of time that U.S. and Chilean students spend on conventional academic reading, extracurricular reading, and Facebook and also to report the types of materials they prefer to read. The study surveyed students in the United States (n = 1,265) and Chile (n = 2,076)…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, College Students, Reading Strategies, Reading Habits
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Hoffman, James V. – Research in the Teaching of English, 2012
This essay raises concerns over the future direction for educational aid designed to promote literacy in developing countries. The essay focuses on the EGRA (Early Grade Reading Assessment) initiative in Africa. At one level, this essay challenges the claims for empirical and research-based support for the EGRA. At a broader level, this essay…
Descriptors: Expertise, Foreign Countries, Literacy, Developing Nations
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Feldmann, Doug – Mid-Western Educational Researcher, 2011
The author posits that those going into the education field in contemporary times are no longer overly concerned with traditional discouragements such as low salaries; rather, what appears to be desired today by teachers--both novice and veteran--is the "freedom" to make reasonable curricular and instructional choices, and the…
Descriptors: Professional Autonomy, Teaching (Occupation), Reading Materials, Freedom
Horning, Kathleen T. – School Library Journal, 2010
Mere days before the announcement of the new children's book ambassador, speculation was still running wild. However, when the Library of Congress introduced Katherine Paterson as the new kids' book ambassador on January 5, the choice was greeted with unrivaled enthusiasm. A two-time winner of the Newbery Medal (for "Bridge to…
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Awards, Reading Materials, Reading Material Selection
Common Core State Standards Initiative, 2010
One of the key requirements of the Common Core State Standards for Reading is that all students must be able to comprehend texts of steadily increasing complexity as they progress through school. By the time they complete the core, students must be able to read and comprehend independently and proficiently the kinds of complex texts commonly found…
Descriptors: Reading Ability, Reading Instruction, Reading Comprehension, Glossaries
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Marcoux, Elizabeth; Loertscher, David V. – Teacher Librarian, 2009
As a foundational element of schooling, learning to read and reading to learn is every bit as important in the 21st century as it has ever been. Whether interacting online, doing assignments, taking tests, or social networking, the ability to read and read well affects every part of one's existence and often predicts success throughout life. In…
Descriptors: Reading, Reading Programs, School Libraries, Reading Ability
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Pitcher, Brandy; Fang, Zhihui – Literacy, 2007
Over the past decade in the United States, levelled texts, or "little books" with finely graduated levelling of text difficulty, have regained their status as a literacy staple for beginning readers. Despite their resurgence, questions remain regarding the reliability and quality of these books. In this study, we conducted a detailed…
Descriptors: Literary Criticism, Reading Materials, Beginning Reading, Reader Text Relationship
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Estes, Todd – History Teacher, 2007
In this article, the author describes a syllabus which he designed in his United States history survey courses to help his students learn to think like historians. It contains important information about the way historians work and think, along with descriptions of the reading materials the student will use to further their practice of history.…
Descriptors: Reading Materials, Introductory Courses, Historians, History Instruction
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Shi, Ling; Kubota, Ryuko – English for Specific Purposes, 2007
In order to examine the value of explicating genre and rhetorical rules for teaching, this study explores the level of consistency between the linear, deductive discourse pattern recommended for school writing and the actual structure of reading materials selected from seventh- and eighth-grade English language arts textbooks. We focus on 25…
Descriptors: Textbooks, Reading Materials, Language Arts, Literary Genres
Wong, Ruth – National Geographic Society (NJ3), 2006
This book teaches that U.S. geography includes both natural and human-made landmarks, and that all 50 states and all major landmarks can be found on maps. The suggested grade range is K-3; the guided reading level is L; and the Windows on Literacy stage is fluent (levels 13-18).
Descriptors: Geography, Reading Instruction, Elementary Education, Science Materials
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