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Kurth, Ruth J. – 1994
This study developed and tested a model for using peer coaching to improve college instruction of culturally diverse students. The model's four elements include: change based on collegial relationships combined with peer interactions; dealing with classroom problems through positive behavior change of professors; presentation of observation…
Descriptors: Behavior Change, Classroom Observation Techniques, College Instruction, Collegiality
Kurth, Ruth J. – 1983
Researchers studying emerging literacy have begun building a theory of literacy development that links the processes of reading and writing. Their findings suggest that a child's emerging literacy is based on three factors: a functional expectation for print to make logical sense; an expectation of how language operates in alternate contexts; and…
Descriptors: Communication (Thought Transfer), Early Childhood Education, Emergent Literacy, Language Processing
Kurth, Ruth J. – 1986
In the last decade many people have questioned the long-range effectiveness of literacy education in America. The response to this discussion about the "literacy crisis" has been the growth of three commonly held generalizations: (1) that in previous eras, Americans enjoyed remarkable levels of literacy; (2) that the role of print has been…
Descriptors: Adult Literacy, Educationally Disadvantaged, Functional Literacy, Illiteracy
Kurth, Ruth J. – 1987
A study was conducted to determine whether the use of word processing improves both the amount and the quality of revision done by high school students. Subjects were 24 ninth grade students enrolled in a special class for interested writers, and therefore probably better than average ninth grade writers. Twelve students were assigned to an…
Descriptors: Computer Uses in Education, Grade 9, Revision (Written Composition), Secondary Education
Kurth, Ruth J. – 1986
A study examined whether the use of word processors would enhance the amount and quality of students' revisions. Subjects, 28 high school sophomores and juniors enrolled in a special class for interested writers, met twice a week for 60 minutes in either a computer laboratory (experimental group) or in a regular classroom (control group). Findings…
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Instruction, High Schools, Peer Evaluation, Revision (Written Composition)
Kurth, Ruth J. – Educational Technology, 1987
Describes a study designed to determine whether the use of computer word processing would improve both the amount and quality of revision done by high school student writers. The effects of word processing on composition length and revision, and students' attitudes toward writing and word processing are discussed. (47 references) (CLB)
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Conventional Instruction, Expository Writing, High Schools
Stromberg, Linda; Kurth, Ruth J. – 1983
Recently a number of writers and researchers have praised the editing and text moving capabilities of word processing programs, proposing that they can be useful in helping students revise more readily and skillfully. With this premise, 16 eighth grade students participated in a program in which they used a text editor or word processing system to…
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Instruction, Elementary Secondary Education, Grade 8, Microcomputers
Kurth, Ruth J.; Kurth, Lila M. – 1987
A study examined the use of time reserved for formal reading instruction in elementary schools. Subjects were 36 elementary classroom teachers--12 each from grades 1, 3, and 5--in 8 suburban schools. Specific reading instruction behaviors for each teacher were observed during two complete periods of the regularly scheduled reading classes. Teacher…
Descriptors: Elementary Education, Oral Reading, Reading Comprehension, Reading Instruction
Kurth, Ruth J.; Kurth, Lila M. – 1987
A study was conducted in which word processing and voice synthesis were used to teach beginning writing skills to kindergarten and first grade students. Subjects, 46 children from two elementary schools enrolled in an early education summer school class in writing, were randomly divided into three groups. One group was taught writing using a…
Descriptors: Beginning Writing, Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Uses in Education, Cooperation
Kurth, Ruth J.; Stromberg, Linda J. – 1984
A study was conducted to see if the use of word processing programs during composition instruction for basic writers would result in a larger quantity of writing and more global revision while writing. Subjects were 18 fifth, sixth, or seventh grade students who had been referred for remedial reading and writing instruction. They were assigned to…
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Instruction, Elementary Education, Remedial Instruction, Remedial Programs
Kurth, Ruth J.; Moseley, Patricia A. – 1977
Middle-school students, called "transescent learners," are at an age during which they undergo physical and intellectual changes that affect them emotionally and socially, causing confused thinking and insecure feelings. This paper offers seven guidelines to help the middle-school teacher select and present reading materials that enhance learning…
Descriptors: Convergent Thinking, Independent Reading, Individualized Reading, Intermediate Grades
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Kingore, Bertha W.; Kurth, Ruth J. – Reading Teacher, 1981
Describes a workshop on teaching comprehension that is organized in three parts: (1) instruction in comprehension tasks, (2) demonstration of the relationship of those tasks through exercises in logic, and (3) the classroom application of the tasks in content areas. (FL)
Descriptors: Content Area Reading, Inservice Teacher Education, Reading Comprehension, Reading Teachers