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Hilsmer, Amanda Strong; Wehby, Joseph H.; Falk, Katherine B. – Reading Improvement, 2016
The research base on how to effectively intervene to improve the reading fluency of students with academic and behavioral disabilities at the middle school level does not provide a strong support for evidence- based practices with this age group. The purpose of this study was to extend the body of research on reading fluency interventions to…
Descriptors: Reading Fluency, Middle School Students, Disabilities, Evidence Based Practice
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Lombardi, Daniel; Behrman, Edward H. – Reading Improvement, 2016
Balanced literacy has been proposed as a compromise or middle ground between philosophical approaches to reading instruction that stress teaching of word recognition and those that stress construction of meaning. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of the READ 180 balanced literacy supplementary instruction program on…
Descriptors: Reading Instruction, Word Recognition, Teaching Methods, Literacy
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Sencibaugh, Joseph M.; Sencibaugh, Angela M. – Reading Improvement, 2015
The purpose of this study was to determine the efficacy of systematic explicit instruction of a questioning strategy for improving the text comprehension of middle school students. Specifically, the reading comprehension of six 8th grade students was investigated to determine whether the questioning strategy, QtA, lead to an increase in the…
Descriptors: Reading, Reading Comprehension, Middle School Students, Questioning Techniques
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Richards, Janet C. – Reading Improvement, 2012
In this essay I pose questions to literacy teacher educators and classroom teachers to inspire them to review their epistemological beliefs about teaching, learning, and knowledge. I also provide some history of transdisciplinarity, and introduce readers to "Miss Smith", a composite of five middle school teachers who hold a transdisciplinary…
Descriptors: Educational Policy, Teacher Educators, Grade 8, Middle School Teachers
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Nelson-Royes, Andrea M.; Reglin, Gary L. – Reading Improvement, 2011
This research study's purpose or theme was to qualitatively investigate the reading component of a private after-school tutoring program that offered academic assistance to eighth-grade students. The problem with reading is many urban middle school students have poor reading skills and do not perform well on reading standardized tests. Relative to…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Qualitative Research, Reading Improvement, Reading Achievement
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Donalson, Kathleen; Halsey, Pamela – Reading Improvement, 2007
This research explores struggling adolescent readers' perceptions about reading. The eight students featured in this study were enrolled in a mandatory Title I remedial reading class. The purpose of the Title I intervention class was to prepare these middle school eighth graders to successfully pass the state's criterion referenced test. The…
Descriptors: Intervention, Remedial Reading, Reading Programs, Reading Ability
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Barkley, Jordan M. – Reading Improvement, 2006
The purpose of this study was to investigate whether relations existed between sixth, seventh, and eighth grade learners' and their teachers' efficacy beliefs and outcome expectancies and whether student perceived efficacy beliefs were predictors of reading comprehension achievement as measured by a reading comprehension subtest score on a state…
Descriptors: Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8, Middle School Students
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Klecker, Beverly M. – Reading Improvement, 2006
This paper presents a secondary analysis of the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) dataset. The study explores differences in the NAEP fourth, eighth, and twelfth grade reading scores by students' gender across the years 1992, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2002, and 2003. The study used the NAEP National Public School data. The statistically…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Grade 4, Grade 8, Grade 12
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Alawiye, Osman; Williams, Henry S. – Reading Improvement, 2005
The goal of Chapter I programs is to enable disadvantaged children to attain grade level success in school. This study attempts to determine the extent to which students in a predominantly African American school achieve grade level success as a result of their Chapter I reading supplementary participation. The reading gains of the Chapter I…
Descriptors: African American Students, Disadvantaged Youth, Grade 4, Grade 8
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Klecker, Beverly M.; Pollock, Mary Anne – Reading Improvement, 2005
Kentucky's goal of reaching academic "proficiency" by 2014 illuminated 2002 reading test scores: 44.30% of middle and 71.25% of high school students scored below "proficient." The research question was, "Do teaching practices in schools with high reading achievement scores differ from teaching practices in schools with low…
Descriptors: Reading Tests, Reading Achievement, Teacher Surveys, Grade 9
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Radcliffe, Rich; Caverly, David; Peterson, Cynthia; Emmons, Matt – Reading Improvement, 2004
Ineffective approaches for teaching with print may prevent textbook reading from being a useful learning resource in middle school. University faculty mentored a middle school science teacher as he implemented a textbook study-reading approach, PLAN (Caverly, Mandeville & Nicholson, 1995), in 2 classes (n=33). PLAN orchestrates 4 strategies…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Textbooks, Science Teachers, Middle School Students
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Papalewis, Rosemary – Reading Improvement, 2004
The primary focus of this study was to evaluate the impact of an intervention reading program on students repeating the 8th grade in a large urban inner city school district. Two years of Reading and Language Art scores (n=537) were analyzed (NCE scores) across various demographic variables (attendance, English language proficiency, and…
Descriptors: Grade 8, Grade Repetition, Intervention, Reading Difficulties