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Boody, Robert M. – Reading Improvement, 2010
For decades there has been a divide between educational research and practice. Sometimes the blame is placed on teachers for not following research-based strategies or not being trained well enough to read the literature. Just as frequently the blame is placed on researchers for not (a) studying topics important to teachers, (b) writing them so…
Descriptors: Reading Research, Qualitative Research, Research Utilization, Theory Practice Relationship
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Scheffel, Debora L.; Shroyer, Jennifer; Strongin, Dawn – Reading Improvement, 2003
Determines the efficacy of a structured reading intervention program with adolescents identified as evidencing significant reading underachievement. Suggests that implementation of the "LANGUAGE!" intervention program was effective in significantly improving reading comprehension and spelling, word recognition for students in grades 7 and 10, and…
Descriptors: Adolescents, Intervention, Low Achievement, Program Effectiveness
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Boody, Robert M. – Reading Improvement, 2003
Considers that because literature can exert such a powerful hold on the imagination, certain works can be used to invite students to become more literate and to encourage students to take responsibility for their ongoing personal development. Notes that reading and other ways of learning are shown in fictional works of Louis L'Amour to be a rich…
Descriptors: Fiction, Individual Development, Literature Appreciation, Reading Materials
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Knafle, June D. – Reading Improvement, 2001
Examines current adolescent fiction of award-winning and widely read authors according to religious themes concerning Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Native American religions, African spirit religions, and the occult, supernatural, and New Age. Finds that the portrayal of religions and its adherents is very mixed, depending upon the religion.…
Descriptors: Adolescent Literature, Content Analysis, Cultural Awareness, Fiction
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Dulin, Kenneth L. – Reading Improvement, 1971
Descriptors: Cloze Procedure, Group Reading, Individual Reading, Informal Reading Inventories
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Houck, Cherry – Reading Improvement, 1983
Identifies seven factors that may be barriers to successful intervention with reading disabled adolescents and discusses how attention to each factor can produce program success. (FL)
Descriptors: Failure, Program Effectiveness, Reading Difficulties, Remedial Instruction
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Burley, JoAnne E. – Reading Improvement, 1982
Concludes that (1) self-assessment is useful as an indicator of student strengths and weaknesses, (2) college freshmen perceive themselves as more competent than do high school students, and (3) female students at all levels perceive themselves as more competent than do their male counterparts. Contains a copy of the assessment instrument. (FL)
Descriptors: Educational Research, Evaluation Methods, Higher Education, Secondary Education
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Shoop, Mary – Reading Improvement, 1982
Concludes that a combination of two techniques--cloze and study guides--was a better instructional treatment than cloze instruction alone to improve inferential reading comprehension of content area materials, regardless of teacher or student achievement level. (FL)
Descriptors: Cloze Procedure, Content Area Reading, Grade 8, Reading Achievement
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Hayes, Elizabeth A.; Hood, James M. – Reading Improvement, 1982
Argues that rote memorization can be an effective instructional strategy for the acquisition and retention of sequential skills. Presents eight factors to be considered in the management of rote memorization in the classroom and offers a teaching model for a Spanish vocabulary class. (FL)
Descriptors: Memorization, Secondary Education, Sequential Approach, Spanish
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Lorentzen, Karen M. – Reading Improvement, 1982
Argues that health educators must learn to predict readability levels of textbooks to be sure that they are challenging and understandable to the student. Concludes that this can be accomplished through the use of readability formulas. (FL)
Descriptors: Content Area Reading, Health Education, Readability, Readability Formulas
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Gardner, Janet; Farnsworth, Briant – Reading Improvement, 1977
Concludes that students who had previously experienced failure in traditional school settings and had poor attitudes toward school could make significant academic achievement in an alternative school program and could develop more positive feelings about school. (Author/RL)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Continuation Students, Educational Assessment, Educational Change
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Giordano, Gerard – Reading Improvement, 1978
Provides a rationale and suggested exercises for teaching nonlinguistic decoding skills (training in eye movements and "syntactic anticipation") in adolescent and adult reading classes. (RL)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Adults, Context Clues, Decoding (Reading)
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Usova, George – Reading Improvement, 1978
After explaining why disadvantaged youth have little interest in reading, this paper prescribes eight techniques to increase student interest in reading, including reading aloud with and to the students, acting out the reading material, using the newspaper, and advertising reading around the school. (RL)
Descriptors: Disadvantaged Youth, Oral Reading, Reading Games, Reading Instruction
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Bergman, Jerry R. – Reading Improvement, 1977
Presents information for helping high school and college students realize the merits of others' research and thoughts and utilize a critical acceptance in the awareness of a writer's limitations. (JM)
Descriptors: Higher Education, Reading, Reading Habits, Reading Interests
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Pyrczak, Fred – Reading Improvement, 1977
Reports study which found that some high school students were far from any reasonable level of mastery of the ability to comprehend directions on potentially hazardous household products. (JM)
Descriptors: Basic Skills, High School Students, Readability, Reading Ability
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