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Signor, Rita; Claessen, Mary; Leitão, Suze – Australian Journal of Learning Difficulties, 2020
Reading success has a significant impact on social, academic and vocational engagement. While there have been many advances in Brazilian educational policy, and a reduction in rates of absolute illiteracy, low levels of literacy continue to be a significant area of concern. We aimed to scope the literature to identify the types of intervention…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Dyslexia, Intervention, Phonological Awareness
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Greenway, Charlotte W.; Rees Edwards, Alison – Australian Journal of Learning Difficulties, 2020
Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) rates in classrooms have increased considerably in recent years. Previous literature has acknowledged the significance of teachers' knowledge and attitudes towards ADHD when making referral and intervention decisions. Using Mulholland, Cumming and Jung's (2015) knowledge (SASK) and attitude (SASA)…
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Teacher Aides, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Knowledge Level
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Robinson-Kooi, Sally; Hammond, Lorraine S – Australian Journal of Learning Difficulties, 2020
Daily contextualised sentence dictation was used for Year 2 students to practise, and the teacher to assess, taught spelling concepts, capital letters and full stop usage in an Explicit Instruction (EI) intervention. Conducted in a mainstream setting, it supported all students learning to spell, including those with a learning difficulty (LD) and…
Descriptors: Spelling Instruction, Punctuation, Teaching Methods, Alphabets
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Claessen, Mary; Dzidic, Peta; Boyes, Mark; Badcock, Nicholas; Nayton, Mandy; Leitao, Suze – Australian Journal of Learning Difficulties, 2020
There is a growing body of work describing the psychosocial impact of reading difficulties. Educators play a key role in teaching children to read; therefore, it is important to consider how they view the impact of reading difficulties on young people. Given this, the aim of this research was to explore the lived experiences of educators who work…
Descriptors: Teacher Attitudes, Reading Difficulties, Reading Teachers, Dyslexia
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Meeks, Linda; Stephenson, Jennifer – Australian Journal of Learning Difficulties, 2020
University websites and internet search engines were used to locate information about literacy units addressing early reading instruction offered in Australian primary and early childhood teacher preparation programs. Data concerning course organizational details, the content of literacy units, and the qualifications and research interests of unit…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Preservice Teachers, Preservice Teacher Education, Early Childhood Education
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Nicholson, Tom; Tiru, Shanthi – Australian Journal of Learning Difficulties, 2019
Researchers have found that summer reading loss contributes to the reading achievement gap between low and high socioeconomic (SES) children. This study aimed to examine the effectiveness of a 3-week summer intervention in addressing this slide for 36 low SES children compared with another 36 children in a matched control group from one New…
Descriptors: Summer Schools, Reading Programs, Achievement Gap, Reading Achievement
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Lee, Lay Wah – Australian Journal of Learning Difficulties, 2019
This paper synthesizes research on dyslexia remediation, word recognition development and the Malay language writing system to design and develop a Malay language word recognition intervention program (MyBaca) for children with dyslexia. Malay is alphabetic, is highly transparent, with salient syllabic units. The program is designed based on…
Descriptors: Word Recognition, Dyslexia, Indonesian Languages, Remedial Instruction
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Lathouras, Maria; Westerveld, Marleen F.; Trembath, David – Australian Journal of Learning Difficulties, 2019
This study aimed to investigate if a universal 24-week oral language and emergent literacy programme delivered to students in the first year of schooling positively impacts reading performance 2 years post intervention. Eighty-nine participants were second grade students from three primary schools in low socio-economic status areas. Using a…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Grade 1, Foreign Countries, Low Income Students
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Glisson, Laura; Leitão, Suze; Claessen, Mary – Australian Journal of Learning Difficulties, 2019
This study designed and evaluated the efficacy of a manualised programme for children in mainstream school with delays in narrative discourse. Efficacy was evaluated using a Phase 1 non-randomised single-subject across multiple-baselines design. The programme was delivered by a speech pathologist with 11 mainstream children aged 5;0-5;11 years, in…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Preschool Children, Preschool Education, Mainstreaming
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Nation, Kate – Australian Journal of Learning Difficulties, 2019
Reading comprehension is a complex task which depends on a range of cognitive and linguistic processes. According to the Simple View of Reading, this complexity can be captured as the product of two sets of skills: decoding and linguistic comprehension. The Simple View explains variance in reading comprehension and provides a good framework to…
Descriptors: Reading Difficulties, Beginning Reading, Decoding (Reading), Preschool Children
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Westwood, Peter – Australian Journal of Learning Difficulties, 2019
The author provides an overview of several theories of numeracy acquisition that, despite criticisms, have withstood the passage of time and continue to influence policy and practices in schools. These are followed by a brief review of some recent research in the domain of numeracy learning and teaching. The article ends with some of the current…
Descriptors: Numeracy, Learning Theories, Mathematics Skills, Child Development
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Polat, Elif; Cagiltay, K.; Aykut, C.; Karasu, N. – Australian Journal of Learning Difficulties, 2019
Students with specific learning disabilities (SLD) typically do not perform at the expected levels of academic achievement. Tangible mobile applications are learning devices that allow for physical engagement and multisensory interaction. They present as promising tools to facilitate learning for students with SLD. This study explored the use of a…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Learning Disabilities, Computer Oriented Programs, Educational Technology
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Tunmer, William E.; Hoover, Wesley A. – Australian Journal of Learning Difficulties, 2019
This article presents an overview of a conceptual framework designed to help reading professionals better understand what their students are facing as they learn to read in alphabetic writing systems. The US National Reading Panel (NRP) recommended five instructional components for improving reading outcomes but presented these instructional…
Descriptors: Remedial Reading, Reading Difficulties, Prevention, Reading Teachers
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Wheldall, Kevin; Bell, Nicola; Wheldall, Robyn; Madelaine, Alison; Reynolds, Meree – Australian Journal of Learning Difficulties, 2019
Recently, there has been debate surrounding the potential implementation of the Phonics Screening Check (PSC) in Australian primary schools. The present study sought to investigate the child- and task-related factors influencing the PSC performances of Year 1 Australian students, who had received almost two years of systematic synthetic phonics…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Phonics, Screening Tests, Teaching Methods
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Livingston, Emily M.; Siegel, Linda S.; Ribary, Urs – Australian Journal of Learning Difficulties, 2018
Learning disabilities are associated with mental health, behavioural and social difficulties. Developmental dyslexia is a particularly salient example of a learning disability that is associated with social and emotional consequences that are not considered primary features of the disorder. These issues can remain and, in some cases, escalate in…
Descriptors: Dyslexia, Learning Disabilities, Emotional Problems, Anxiety
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