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Ness, Molly – Reading Improvement, 2017
As they are naturally curious about the world around them, young children ask lots and lots of questions. In classrooms today, however, there seems to be little space for these student-generated questions as teachers are more likely to pose the questions. Research indicates that question generation is an effective strategy to motivate young…
Descriptors: Questioning Techniques, Student Developed Materials, Thinking Skills, Common Core State Standards
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Al-Dhafir, Mohammad – Reading Improvement, 2015
The purpose of the study was to examine the Kuwaiti first grade teachers' perceptions of developmentally appropriate practices in teaching reading and writing. To achieve the research purpose, a questionnaire was developed and administrated to 167 first grade teachers. Results revealed that first grade teachers hold moderate agreement towards…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Teacher Attitudes, Developmentally Appropriate Practices, Reading Instruction
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Laverick, DeAnna M. – Reading Improvement, 2014
The purpose of this research was to determine if reading specialist candidates improve the reading proficiency of their students through the use of digital, technology-based teaching techniques and materials. The candidates were certified teachers who provided individualized and small-group instruction to K-6 children while the candidates were…
Descriptors: Reading Instruction, Teaching Methods, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education
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Dogan, Birsen – Reading Improvement, 2012
This study aimed to understand the views of prospective teachers with "phonic-based sentence method" through metaphoric images. In this descriptive study, the participants involve the prospective teachers who take reading-writing instruction courses in Primary School Classroom Teaching Program of the Education Faculty of Pamukkale…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Preservice Teacher Education, Teacher Attitudes, Sentences
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Sobolak, Michelle J. – Reading Improvement, 2011
Researchers have long acknowledged the important role that vocabulary plays in assisting reading comprehension. Because of the importance of vocabulary, it is necessary to determine how to ensure that all students are making adequate vocabulary gains. The research base for the best ways to instruct students in robust vocabulary is strong. The…
Descriptors: Reading Comprehension, Vocabulary, Vocabulary Development, Socioeconomic Influences
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Burgess, Stephen R.; Sargent, Stephan; Smith, Melinda; Hill, Nancy; Morrison, Susan – Reading Improvement, 2011
Several authors have suggested that a teacher's ability to encourage a disposition to read may be linked to their personal reading habits and views of literacy. This study examined the relationship between elementary school teachers' reading habits, knowledge of children's literature, and their use of literacy best practices in the classroom. One…
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Reading Habits, Literacy, Elementary School Teachers
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Maslin, Pamela – Reading Improvement, 2007
Teaching students how to read is one of the most important tasks in elementary schools. The majority of schools use published basal programs to teach students to read. Several published reviews have indicated that past editions of basal readers did not align with appropriate instruction for beginning level readers. In this study I reviewed five of…
Descriptors: Readability, Phonics, Beginning Reading, Basal Reading
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Ziolkowska, Renee – Reading Improvement, 2007
Remediation programs have helped some struggling children learn to read and write. However, they have not been helpful to all students. Educators need to search for more effective ways of reaching even more learners. Recently there has been more focus on preventing early school failure. Researchers agree that if instruction for struggling students…
Descriptors: Small Group Instruction, Writing Difficulties, Literacy Education, Early Intervention
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Kotaman, Huseyin; Tekin, Ali Kemal; Tekin, Gokce – Reading Improvement, 2007
In Turkey, the Ministry of National Education (MONE) changed the reading instruction method in elementary schools from whole language approach to phonics emphasis in 2005. Accordingly, the purpose of this study was to examine the impacts of phonics method on reading acquisition in a Turkish sample; to understand what elementary school teachers…
Descriptors: Phonics, Whole Language Approach, Foreign Countries, Grade 1
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Eilers, Linda H.; Pinkley, Christine – Reading Improvement, 2006
Reading comprehension instruction in many classrooms focuses on teacher-generated questions which actually measure comprehension of specific text rather than developing metacognitive strategies for comprehending all text. Explicit instruction in the metacognitive strategies of making text connections, predicting, and sequencing, was evaluated for…
Descriptors: Inferences, Reading Comprehension, Metacognition, Reading Instruction
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Groce, Robin D. – Reading Improvement, 2004
The purpose of this manuscript is to describe how elementary teachers used their experiences in a storytelling inservice training to teach lessons in language arts, science, social studies, and bilingual education. Qualitative research methods were used in simultaneously collecting and analyzing data. Storytelling was found to be a valuable tool…
Descriptors: Inservice Teacher Education, Story Telling, Elementary School Teachers, Reading Improvement