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Coakley-Fields, Mary R. – Reading Horizons, 2018
What are indicators, or markers, of 'inclusive' reading classrooms? As elementary school teachers across the United States are increasingly required to teach reading to diverse, heterogenous groups of students within the same classroom space, practitioners and researchers seek to identify what constitutes 'inclusion' in reading instruction. This…
Descriptors: Inclusion, Reading Instruction, Elementary School Students, Grade 4
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Christ, Tanya; Sharma, Sue Ann – Reading Horizons, 2018
Culturally relevant text selection and pedagogy support students' motivation, engagement, literacy outcomes, and positive identity formation. Nevertheless, there is limited research on teacher preparation that fosters these outcomes. We explore 17 preservice teachers' challenges and successes with culturally relevant text selection and pedagogy…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Culturally Relevant Education, Preservice Teacher Education, Literacy Education
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Stefanski, Angela J.; Leitze, Amy; Fife-Demski, Veronica M. – Reading Horizons, 2018
This collective case study used methods of discourse analysis to consider what computer-mediated collaboration might reveal about preservice teachers' sense-making in a field-based practicum as they learn to teach reading to children identified as struggling readers. Researchers agree that field-based experiences coupled with time for reflection…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Reading Instruction, Computer Mediated Communication, Case Studies
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Scheffel, Tara-Lynn; Cameron, Claire; Dolmage, Lindsay; Johnston, Madisen; Lapensee, Jemanica; Solymar, Kirsten; Speedie, Emily; Wills, Meagan – Reading Horizons, 2018
This paper highlights the two-year journey of an extra-curricular book club for teacher candidates as they explored children's literature in order to further their teaching practice. Initial themes were confirmed and refined as the journey of the book club concluded after two years. A sociocultural theoretical framework guided this work and…
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Books, Clubs, Preservice Teachers
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Majid, Shaheen – Reading Horizons, 2018
Leisure reading is important for personality development and mental growth of children. Reading habits developed during early childhood are likely to continue rest of the life. The main purpose of this study was to investigate leisure reading habits and preferences of young children in Singapore. A questionnaire was used for data collection and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Recreational Reading, Reading Habits, Preferences
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Sharp, Laurie A.; Diego-Medrano, Elsa; Coneway, Betty – Reading Horizons, 2018
Developing knowledge and understandings related to children's literature among preservice elementary teachers is a vital component of teacher preparation that should be addressed in a required course. The purpose of the present study was to identify essential learning outcomes addressed in children's literature courses that were required…
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Content Analysis, Preservice Teacher Education, Education Courses
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Colwell, Ryan – Reading Horizons, 2018
This article describes The Bare Book Project, a writing and research project that challenged pre-service and in-service teachers to create their own original pieces of children's literature, and use aspects of their personal writing as models for students in elementary school classrooms. Building on research regarding teacher modeling in writing…
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Elementary School Teachers, Preservice Teachers, Teacher Developed Materials
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Wee, Su-Jeong; Kura, Kanae; Kim, Jinhee – Reading Horizons, 2018
This study investigated culturally authentic representations and perspectives on historical events and political issues presented in children's picture books on Japanese culture. Our analysis of the representation of Japanese culture in the texts and illustrations was based on a sample of 37 children's picture books written in English or…
Descriptors: Asian Culture, Picture Books, Social Behavior, History
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Jozwik, Sara L.; Douglas, Karen H. – Reading Horizons, 2017
This study integrated technology tools into a reading comprehension intervention that used explicit instruction to teach strategies (i.e., asking questions, making connections, and coding the text to monitor for meaning) to mixed-ability small groups, which included four English Learners with learning disabilities in a fourth-grade general…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Reading Comprehension, Learning Disabilities
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Wang, Yang; Gilles, Carol J. – Reading Horizons, 2017
Retrospective Miscue Analysis (RMA) has proved to be a useful instructional tool in language arts classrooms and for English learners from various cultures. However, it has not been used with native Mandarin-speaking English learners. This qualitative case study explored the reading process of two adult Mandarin-speaking ELs through RMA. They read…
Descriptors: Miscue Analysis, Mandarin Chinese, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning
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DeFauw, Danielle L. – Reading Horizons, 2017
High-quality writing instruction needs to permeate elementary students' in- and outside-of-school experiences. The aim of this research was to explore how teaching writing to parents may support home-school literacy connections. This qualitative case study explored parents' experiences in interactive writing sessions. The descriptive coding and…
Descriptors: Writing Instruction, Oral Reading, Pictorial Stimuli, Elementary School Students
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Roberts, Sherron Killingsworth; Blanch, Norine; Gurjar, Nandita – Reading Horizons, 2017
Writing circles are "small groups... meeting regularly to share drafts, choose common writing topics, practice positive response, and in general, help each other become better writers" (Vopat, 2009, p. 6). In this exploratory study, writing circles were employed with elementary teacher candidates in hopes of enhancing their perceptions…
Descriptors: Collaborative Writing, Preservice Teachers, Writing Workshops, Writing Skills
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Pletcher, Bethanie; Christensen, Rosalynn – Reading Horizons, 2017
The purpose of this qualitative descriptive case study was to explore the teacher/student reading conferences in two first grade teachers' classrooms in one primary school. Sixteen one-to-one reading conferences were recorded and transcribed over a two-month period and coded for content as related to the CAFÉ (Boushey & Moser, 2009) model of…
Descriptors: Grade 1, Reading Instruction, Qualitative Research, Case Studies
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Collins, Gingere; Norris, Jan – Reading Horizons, 2017
This study explored whether presenting grammar instruction within the context of reading and writing would improve writing skills. The participating schools were using a traditional grammar instruction in which grammar lessons were predominately taught using worksheets and were presented separately from other reading and writing activities. This…
Descriptors: Grammar, Worksheets, Teaching Methods, Writing Skills
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Morgan, Denise M.; Levinson, Natasha – Reading Horizons, 2017
This case study (Merriam & Tisdell, 2016) examines the final projects of two secondary teachers in a graduate course about writing pedagogy. Teachers created digital essays along the lines of the National Public Radio's "This I Believe" essays, which articulated their beliefs about the teaching of writing. We posed two research…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Qualitative Research, Secondary School Teachers, Writing Instruction
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