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Hutchison, Charles B. – Insights into Learning Disabilities, 2017
Having been away from his native Ghana for nearly thirty years, author Charles Hutchinson spent some time visiting several schools there on a home visit. He was especially interested in learning how Special Education as an area of discipline and practice was progressing there. He writes here that he was pleased to see that Ghana was making some…
Descriptors: Culturally Relevant Education, Special Education, Foreign Countries, Civil Rights
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Grünke, Matthias; Hatton, Heather – Insights into Learning Disabilities, 2017
Poor writers generally spend little time developing an outline and otherwise planning written assignments before composing them. Far too many students in elementary and secondary education fall behind in their planning and composition skills because they do not receive appropriate instruction. In this single-case study, we tested the effects of an…
Descriptors: Learning Disabilities, Grade 6, Instructional Effectiveness, Writing Instruction
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Grünke, Matthias; Sperling, Marko; Burke, Mack D. – Insights into Learning Disabilities, 2017
The purpose of this study was to analyze the effects of a multicomponent intervention on the length and quality of stories written by fifth graders who were academically and behaviorally struggling with particular problems during writing demands. Difficulties in text production are often prevalent at the beginning of middle/secondary education as…
Descriptors: Grade 5, Intervention, Writing Achievement, Writing Improvement
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Grünke, Matthias; Coeppicus, Christin – Insights into Learning Disabilities, 2017
The purpose of this study was to assess the effectiveness of contingency contracting on the percentage of correctly used punctuation marks in free writing tasks. Participants were three 11-year-old boys with learning disabilities (LD). A multiple-baseline across-subjects design was employed to test our prediction that the students would show…
Descriptors: Learning Disabilities, Punctuation, Grade 5, Writing Exercises
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Grünke, Matthias; Wilbert, Jürgen; Tsiriotakis, Ioanna K.; Agirregoikoa, Ainhize Lopez – Insights into Learning Disabilities, 2017
A large number of students struggle with composition writing. This is alarming since problems in this area reduce the chances of succeeding in school and life in general. Children and youth with learning disabilities (LD) are especially at risk of not acquiring the skills necessary to produce texts of an acceptable length and quality.…
Descriptors: Learning Disabilities, Instructional Materials, Tutoring, Peer Teaching
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Sperling, Marko; Grünke, Matthias – Insights into Learning Disabilities, 2017
Just as composing a story, a report, or an argumentative essay is challenging for most students with LD, so it is challenging for teachers in inclusive settings to instruct them (Gillespie & Kiuhara, 2017; Grünke & Leonard Zabel, 2015). The articles in this issue of "Insights into Learning Disabilities" are geared towards special…
Descriptors: Learning Disabilities, Writing Exercises, Intervention, Writing Improvement
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Orosco, Michael J.; Abdulrahim, Naheed A. – Insights into Learning Disabilities, 2017
This study describes the word-problem solving instruction of one elementary special education teacher of Latino English Language Learners (Latino ELLs) with mathematics learning disabilities (MLD) in an urban school setting. This study was situated in a culturally responsive teaching framework. In investigating this instruction with Latino ELLs…
Descriptors: English Language Learners, Mathematics Instruction, Learning Disabilities, Hispanic American Students
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Brandes, Dana R.; McMaster, Kristen L. – Insights into Learning Disabilities, 2017
In this article, the literature on instruction in morphological analysis strategies with English Language Learners (ELLs) is reviewed to identify vocabulary outcomes for these students. The nature of instruction and quality of outcomes are examined for ELLs in general, and also for those with or at risk of reading disabilities. A total of nine…
Descriptors: English Language Learners, Morphology (Languages), Vocabulary Development, Second Language Learning
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Haager, Diane; Osipova, Anna V. – Insights into Learning Disabilities, 2017
An increasing number of children worldwide attend schools where the language of instruction does not match their native language, presenting significant challenges with learning the content and vocabulary of academic content areas (e.g., social studies, science). In the U.S., these students are designated as English language learners…
Descriptors: Adolescents, English Language Learners, At Risk Students, Learning Disabilities
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Boon, Richard T.; Barbetta, Patricia M. – Insights into Learning Disabilities, 2017
This paper provides a review of the literature on reading interventions for English language learners (ELLs) with learning disabilities (LD) in the elementary grade levels (K-5). The goal of this review was to identify and evaluate reading interventions that have been used in the special education literature for ELLs with LD in the early grade…
Descriptors: Learning Disabilities, Intervention, English Language Learners, Elementary School Students
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Rodríguez, Ashley; Rodríguez, Diane – Insights into Learning Disabilities, 2017
As the demographics across the United States continues to change, specifically with increases in school age English Learners who speak a home language other than English, it is imperative that schools meet the diverse needs of these children. This article summarizes studies about English Learners with learning disabilities. It reports on the…
Descriptors: English Language Learners, Learning Disabilities, Teaching Methods, Disproportionate Representation
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Ecker, Andrew J. – Insights into Learning Disabilities, 2016
The purpose of this study was to identify evidence-based practices (EBPs) for teachers of students with disabilities. A review of 13 trustworthy websites yielded 61 EBPs relevant, as determined by this author, to teachers of students with disabilities. The EBPs were organized into six categories: schoolwide framework, literacy instruction, math…
Descriptors: Evidence Based Practice, Synthesis, Instructional Materials, Electronic Publishing
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O'Connor, Evelyn A.; Yasik, Anastasia E.; Horner, Sherri L. – Insights into Learning Disabilities, 2016
In the United States increasingly more children are being identified as needing special services. Teachers are usually the first to identify children in need of such services and refer those children for evaluation. Due to the fact that more of these children are being included in the regular classroom environment, it is imperative for teachers to…
Descriptors: Special Education, Educational Legislation, School Law, Familiarity
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Josephs, Nikki L.; Jolivette, Kristine – Insights into Learning Disabilities, 2016
This study examined the effects of peer-mediated oral reading fluency instruction and narrative texts on the reading fluency and comprehension skills of adolescent struggling readers in an alternative high school setting over a period of 10 weeks. The results of this study indicate that peer-mediated repeated reading appears to be the most…
Descriptors: Oral Reading, Reading Fluency, Reading Skills, Reading
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Malow, Micheline S.; Austin, Vance L. – Insights into Learning Disabilities, 2016
A six-week investigation utilizing a standard mindfulness for adolescents curriculum and norm-based standardized resiliency scale was implemented in a self-contained school for students with Emotional/Behavioral Disorders (E/BD). Informal integration of mindfulness activities into a classroom setting was examined for ecological appropriateness and…
Descriptors: Metacognition, Qualitative Research, Statistical Analysis, Resilience (Psychology)
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