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Huang, Grace; Dolejs, Barbara – Reading Improvement, 2007
The goal of the family literacy workshop "Reading Theatre, Parents as Actors: Movie production in a Family Literacy Workshop" is to empower and motivate parents to learn various storytelling strategies through theatrical production experiences and apply them at home. This is a theory-based family literacy practice supported by McClelland's…
Descriptors: Constructivism (Learning), Reading Strategies, Workshops, Family Literacy
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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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McKool, Sharon S. – Reading Improvement, 2007
According to recent research, there is a strong relationship between the amount of out-of-school reading a student engages in and his or her success in school in reading (Anderson, Fielding, & Wilson, 1988; Stanovich, 1986; Taylor, Frye, & Maruyama, 1990; Walberg & Tsai, 1984). This relationship reveals the importance of investigating why so few…
Descriptors: Reading Habits, Reading Attitudes, Grade 5, Performance Factors
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Almazroui, Karima M. – Reading Improvement, 2007
At school, Salem, (pseudonym) was below his reading level but above his writing level according to his teacher. At home, his father perceived Salem as a proficient reader capable of working independently. From the author's point-of-view, Salem needed to revalue himself as a reader through understanding that his miscues are an attempt to construct…
Descriptors: Miscue Analysis, Case Studies, Reading Difficulties, Teaching Experience
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Ediger, Marlow – Reading Improvement, 2007
Students are challenged to pass mandated tests in grades three through eight and the exit test on the secondary school level in order to be promoted to the next higher grade level or to receive a high school diploma. Failure is certainly a negative experience. It behooves reading teachers to assist learners to attach meaning to what is being…
Descriptors: Reading Teachers, Reading Instruction, Reading Strategies, Reading Improvement
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Wallace, Christopher – Reading Improvement, 2007
The greatest challenge inhibiting the ability of English-language learners (ELLs) to read at the appropriate grade level is perhaps a lack of sufficient vocabulary development. While extensive reading is beneficial, these students must acquire the necessary vocabulary in order to read extensively. Both vocabulary breadth and vocabulary depth are…
Descriptors: Reading Comprehension, Learning Strategies, Second Language Learning, Vocabulary Development
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Ortlieb, Evan; Cramer, Neva; Cheek, Earl, Jr. – Reading Improvement, 2007
The art of reading refers to the act of representing and interpreting text through oral dramatic reading. To the dismay of many teachers, reading is becoming a "lost art." Students are expected to apply specific literacy techniques rather than use their imagination to learn to enact text. Based on a study of the reading perceptions of natural oral…
Descriptors: Oral Interpretation, Reading Processes, Oral Reading, Reading Instruction
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Cheng, Kai-Wen – Reading Improvement, 2007
Focus group interview is a scientific qualitative research method, which has been extensively applied in academic areas over the past 20 years. However, this method is mostly applied in business studies. It is seldom adopted in other academic areas. Therefore, this study attempts to introduce this method in a systematic approach. This study…
Descriptors: Qualitative Research, Research Methodology, Focus Groups, Interviews
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Therrien, William J.; Kubina, Richard M., Jr. – Reading Improvement, 2007
Research indicates that repeated reading improves students' reading fluency. Although found to be effective, the underlying reading processes impacted by the intervention remains unclear. Two theoretical rationales, automatic word processing and the contextual linguistic effect, explaining repeated reading's effectiveness have been advanced in the…
Descriptors: Reading Research, Reading Fluency, Word Recognition, Reading Processes
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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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Huffman, Stephanie P.; Thurman, Glenda – Reading Improvement, 2007
The intent of the research is to focus attention on the existence and use of selection policies and to analyze selection policies to determine their thoroughness and currency. Professional guidelines and experts in the field offer direction on the selection of materials and criteria on dealing with challenges in the school library media center.…
Descriptors: School Libraries, Guidelines, Library Services, Selection Tools
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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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Paul, Gina; Verhulst, Steve – Reading Improvement, 2007
Problem: Minority students often score lower than majority students on the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) Verbal Reasoning section. Method: To determine what role schema plays in reading comprehension in 64 adult minority students, the Treatment group viewed a slide presentation regarding a topic that both groups would be tested on in a…
Descriptors: Control Groups, Reading Comprehension, Reading Skills, College Admission
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Fore, Cecil, III; Riser, Susan; Boon, Richard – Reading Improvement, 2006
Cooperative learning is an instructional model that draws extensively on contributions of multiple theorists, including Piaget, Vygotsky, Carroll and other researchers. Many different cooperative learning arrangements have been developed and researched. The most extensively researched and evaluated cooperative learning arrangements is by Robert…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Educational Change, Mild Disabilities, Cooperative Learning
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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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