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Kelly, Laura Beth; Kachorsky, Dani – Reading & Writing Quarterly, 2022
This study expands and complicates ideas about what makes text complex in picturebooks. The study involved multimodal analysis of one visually and scientifically complex picturebook, "Gravity," by Jason Chin. The authors also analyzed a transcript of three third graders discussing the text. This analysis illuminated how student talk…
Descriptors: Picture Books, Grade 3, Elementary School Students, Difficulty Level
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Walda, Sietske; van Weerdenburg, Marjolijn; van der Ven, Ad; Bosman, Anna – Reading & Writing Quarterly, 2022
The main focus of this study was the role of attention in children with dyslexia (n = 137), who participated in a literacy-remediation program. Prior to and during four assessment moments (pretest and follow-ups 1-3), the attentional skill was assessed using the Attention Concentration Test (ACT). The ACT provides two measures for attentional…
Descriptors: Dyslexia, Students with Disabilities, Literacy Education, Attention
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Hassanein, Elsayed E. A.; Johnson, Evelyn S.; Alshaboul, Yousef M.; Ibrahim, Sayed R.; Megreya, Ahmed M. – Reading & Writing Quarterly, 2022
Although there is a growing research base on Arabic literacy development to inform our understanding of the factors that account for variability in word reading skill, the current body of research is limited by two major constraints. First, although several studies examine one or more early literacy constructs, we were able to locate only two…
Descriptors: Semitic Languages, Literacy Education, Elementary School Students, Grade 1
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Cun, Aijuan; Kfouri, Christiana – Reading & Writing Quarterly, 2022
There is limited research concerning literacy practices of Syrian and Burmese refugee students and their families in the U.S. To help address this gap, drawing upon New Literacy Studies, this qualitative study explores the social literacy practices of Syrian and Burmese refugee families and how these practices are situated in wider cultural…
Descriptors: Refugees, Family Literacy, Literacy Education, Family Environment
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Namaziandost, Ehsan; Razmi, Mohammad Hasan; Ahmad Tilwani, Shouket; Pourhosein Gilakjani, Abbas – Reading & Writing Quarterly, 2022
This study aimed to investigate the effect of using authentic materials on English as a foreign language (EFL) learners' reading comprehension, reading motivation, and reading anxiety. In this study, 58 Iranian male EFL learners were selected and randomly assigned to an experimental and a control group. Both groups were pretested through a reading…
Descriptors: Instructional Materials, Reading Comprehension, Reading Tests, Pretests Posttests
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Møller, Helene Lykke; Mortensen, Johannes Obi; Elbro, Carsten – Reading & Writing Quarterly, 2022
The purpose of the present study was to examine the effects of a brief experimental intervention that integrated spelling practice into a systematic phonics approach to initial reading instruction for at-risk children. The effects of this intervention were studied by means of a randomized controlled trial design that compared the experimental…
Descriptors: Kindergarten, At Risk Students, Spelling, Phonics
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Zarrinabadi, Nourollah; Rahimi, Sepideh – Reading & Writing Quarterly, 2022
This study examined the effect of different types of praise on writing students' anxiety, motivation, mindsets, and perceived competence. In doing so, 180 English-majoring university students (102 female, 78, male) were randomly assigned to praise for effort, praise for intelligence, and no praise conditions (N = 60 for each group). The groups…
Descriptors: Positive Reinforcement, Psychological Patterns, Second Language Learning, Writing Skills
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Klein, Perry; Bildfell, Ashley; Dombroski, Jill D.; Giese, Christine; Sha, Kristen Wing-Yan; Thompson, Serena C. – Reading & Writing Quarterly, 2022
Experimental research on strategy instruction for beginning writers has only recently begun. This study investigated the role of self-regulation instruction in Grade 1 strategy learning. In a pretest-post-test quasi-experiment, 120 Grade 1 students participated in a unit of study on personal narrative in one of three conditions: (1) Self-Regulated…
Descriptors: Metacognition, Writing Strategies, Pretests Posttests, Comparative Analysis
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Wang, Qianqian; Ma, Minjie; Li, Miao; Huang, Yan; Wang, Tingzhao – Reading & Writing Quarterly, 2022
Research on the effects of the home literacy environment (HLE) on the literacy development of children with intellectual disabilities (ID) is limited, and relevant results are inconsistent. This study aimed to explore the influence of the HLE on the literacy development of children with ID, and the role of the reading interest and parent-child…
Descriptors: Family Environment, Intellectual Disability, Children, Early Adolescents
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Wood, Carla; Schatschneider, Christopher – Reading & Writing Quarterly, 2022
Purpose: The primary aims of this study were to: (1) to describe average change in the writing quality of fifth grade students from the fall and spring of the school year; (2) examine relations between linguistic features and writing quality rating; and (3) test for differential growth between groups of students who differ in linguistic and…
Descriptors: Grade 5, Elementary School Students, Writing Skills, Student Diversity
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Smail, Layes; Sana, Tibi; Yamina, Bouakkaz; Rebai, Mohamed – Reading & Writing Quarterly, 2022
This study examined whether the phonological awareness (PA) deficit in Arabic speaking dyslexic children could be impacted by the presence vs. absence of verbal working memory (WM) as function of the sensory modality of administration (auditory vs. visual) of the phonological tests. Three phonological awareness (PA) tasks, i.e., phoneme…
Descriptors: Phonological Awareness, Dyslexia, Short Term Memory, Verbal Ability
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Yan, Jing; Cai, Yuyang – Reading & Writing Quarterly, 2022
Reading strategy instruction is positively related to students' reading literacy. However, little is known about how reading instruction that emphasizes different types of reading strategies affects reading literacy. This study examined how Singapore primary school teachers' reading strategy instruction affected Grade Four students' reading…
Descriptors: Reading Instruction, Reading Strategies, Elementary School Teachers, Elementary School Students
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Espinoza, Victoria; Santa Cruz, Catalina; Rosas, Ricardo – Reading & Writing Quarterly, 2022
There is resounding evidence of the existence of direct precursors of written language, most specifically phonological awareness, letter knowledge, vocabulary, and oral comprehension. The initial differences identified in the development of written language precursors are directly related to subsequent students' academic trajectories.…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Written Language, Language Acquisition, Socioeconomic Status
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Maghsoudi, Mojtaba – Reading & Writing Quarterly, 2022
L2 learners, when reading in L2 have access to their L1 literacy as a repertoire of reading strategy in L1. The main purpose of this study was to investigate to what extent awareness of reading strategies in L1 (strategy) and general proficiency in L2 (proficiency) contribute to reading comprehension ability in L2 (reading) and how it would differ…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, English (Second Language), Reading Strategies, Reading Skills
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Ahmed, Yusra; Kent, Shawn; Cirino, Paul T.; Keller-Margulis, Milena – Reading & Writing Quarterly, 2022
Research suggests that executive function, motivation, transcription, and composition processes are implicated in the writing quality and productivity of children with and without learning difficulties. However, numerous components embedded within these constructs create both conceptual and empirical challenges to the study of written expression.…
Descriptors: Writing (Composition), Writing Difficulties, Writing Skills, Reading Difficulties
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