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Gattis, Maurice N.; Morrow-Howell, Nancy; McCrary, Stacey; Lee, Madeline; Jonson-Reid, Melissa; McCoy, Henrika; Tamar, Kemba; Molina, Alina; Invernizzi, Marcia – Literacy Research and Instruction, 2010
There are hundreds of tutoring programs that utilize community volunteers being implemented across the country; however, there are few rigorous efforts to evaluate their effectiveness. This article presents findings on reading achievement from an evaluation of the New York City Experience Corps[R], a program that uses older volunteers to work with…
Descriptors: Tutoring, Volunteers, School Community Relationship, Elementary School Students
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Pierce, Margaret; Katzir, Tami; Wolf, Maryanne; Noam, Gil – Journal of Literacy Research, 2010
This study reports on an examination of the factor structure underlying reading performance in a sample of urban, dysfluent children. Participants were 140 second and third graders identified as exhibiting reading difficulties stemming from inefficient word and/or nonword reading. Consistent with a more complex view of reading, the results of…
Descriptors: Reading Difficulties, Structural Equation Models, Factor Structure, Identification
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Bell, Kenneth E.; Limber, John E. – Literacy Research and Instruction, 2010
We surveyed students enrolled in Introductory Psychology courses about their text marking preferences and analyzed the marking in their textbooks. Low-skill readers report more reliance on highlighting strategies and actually mark their texts more than better readers. In addition, low-skilled readers prefer to buy used, previously marked texts…
Descriptors: Feedback (Response), Textbooks, Psychology, Reading Skills
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Lee, Valarie – Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, 2011
Today's adolescents must meet increasing demands for high levels of literacy. However, low self-efficacy and motivation for reading often prohibit adolescents from developing and sustaining positive reading habits. Consequently, educators must provide opportunities for students to experience reading as a rewarding and useful endeavor. Research…
Descriptors: Reading Materials, Reading Habits, Mentors, Sustained Silent Reading
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Vera, Debbie – Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, 2011
This study has focused on using the text associated with popular culture print to teach early literacy skills to pre-kindergarten students. This study examined whether explicitly using popular culture print to teach alphabet knowledge and print concepts increased the achievement of these skills. Data revealed an increase in the mean rank of the…
Descriptors: Experimental Groups, Urban Schools, Popular Culture, Alphabets
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Morris, Darrell; Gaffney, Meghan – Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, 2011
This case study describes a year-long, tutorial intervention with a disfluent eighth-grade reader. Focused instruction, including guided reading at the appropriate instructional level (4th grade), repeated readings, and home tape-recorder readings, led the student to improve his reading rate by 33% (75 wpm to 100 wpm). Formative and summative…
Descriptors: Intervention, Remedial Reading, Reading Fluency, Reading Rate
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Martinez, Gilda – Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, 2011
Students from low-socioeconomic areas participated in this multiple-case study, which sought to unveil how they succeeded in developing literacy skills and academic success along with recommendations they had for future students. The students in this study received a full college scholarship through the Ron Brown Scholar Program, and as a result…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Essays, Literacy, Scholarships
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Wohlwend, Karen E.; Zanden, Sarah Vander; Husbye, Nicholas E.; Kuby, Candace R. – Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, 2011
Geosemiotics (Scollon and Scollon, 2003) frames this analysis of play, multimodal collaboration, and peer mediation as players navigate barriers to online connectivity in a children's social network and gaming site. A geosemiotic perspective enables examination of children's web play as "discourses in place": fluidly converging and…
Descriptors: Video Technology, Play, Ethnography, After School Programs
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Compton-Lilly, Catherine – Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, 2011
This article examines Reading Recovery as a microcosm for issues related to race and access. Tenets of critical race theory are presented to explore how racial biases are systemic in our ways of being, teaching, and conducting research. Specifically, I present data for African American children involved in Reading Recovery in one Midwestern…
Descriptors: African American Students, African American Children, Racial Differences, Racial Bias
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Leu, Donald J.; McVerry, J. Gregory; O'Byrne, W. Ian; Kiili, Carita; Zawilinski, Lisa; Everett-Cacopardo, Heidi; Kennedy, Clint; Forzani, Elena – Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, 2011
This commentary explores a central issue for our times, online reading comprehension. It first defines three issues that have largely gone unnoticed as the Internet enters our classrooms: (1) literacy has become deictic; (2) effective online information use requires additional online reading comprehension practices, skills, and dispositions; and…
Descriptors: National Curriculum, Reading Comprehension, State Standards, Public Policy
Brettschneider, Allison – Literacy Coaching Clearinghouse, 2009
The Adolescent Literacy Collaboratory is one model for sharing literacy leadership responsibility at the secondary school level. With the help of computer technology (PCs), it brings teachers and literacy leaders from multiple departments and multiple schools together to learn from and with one another in overlapping professional learning…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Secondary School Teachers, Literacy, Reading Skills
National Institute for Literacy, 2009
Business owners are an integral part of the community. As neighborhood leaders, they contribute to the welfare of the community and its members. As employers, they understand the importance of literacy and the challenge of helping everyone learn how to read proficiently. By supporting early childhood literacy, business owners can make a difference…
Descriptors: Emergent Literacy, Business, School Community Relationship, Partnerships in Education
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Nichols, William Dee; Rupley, William H.; Rasinski, Timothy – Literacy Research and Instruction, 2009
The purpose of this article is to provide an overview of fluency development and focus on instructional approaches that are intended to improve fluency that go beyond the most frequently recommended strategy of repeated readings. Repeated reading is the most recognized approach for developing fluency, and although repeated readings have shown…
Descriptors: Reading Instruction, Teaching Methods, Reading Fluency, Metalinguistics
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Lawrence, Salika A.; Rabinowitz, Rosanne; Perna, Heather – Literacy Research and Instruction, 2009
This article uses data from three qualitative research studies to explore how the instructional choices teachers make impact students' literacy development in secondary English Language Arts (ELA) classrooms. This report documents that secondary teachers are using various instructional strategies to combine literature content and literacy…
Descriptors: Educational Strategies, Qualitative Research, Language Arts, Literacy
Billings, Elsa S. – Literacy Teaching and Learning, 2009
This descriptive study examined the impact that an early literacy promotion program, Reach Out and Read (ROR), had on the literacy beliefs, frequency, and quality of literacy activities among low-income, multiracial families, particularly the Latino community. The study also explored parents' perceptions of ROR and its impact on them, their…
Descriptors: Program Effectiveness, Emergent Literacy, Clinics, Low Income Groups
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