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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)