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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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Howard, Rachael M. – Reading Improvement, 2017
This research investigated reading support and book preferences of fourth grade English language learners (ELLs) who were struggling readers. This qualitative research focused on three case studies. Interviews were conducted to explore ELLs' perceptions on reading motivation, reading programs, and types of support they received. Descriptions of…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Reading Attitudes, English Language Learners, Reading Difficulties
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Keyes, Starr E.; Jacobs, Janet; Bornhorst, RaNae; Gibson, Lenwood, Jr.; Vostal, Brooks R. – Reading Improvement, 2017
The purpose of this study was to examine the effectiveness of a supplemental repeated reading intervention delivered through a computer-assisted instruction (CAI) program on the oral reading fluency (ORF) and generalization of second-grade students who were at risk for reading failure. Four African American students and one multiracial student in…
Descriptors: Oral Reading, Reading Fluency, Generalization, Urban Schools
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Harris, Paulette; Smith, Linda – Reading Improvement, 2017
This article describes the Mother Phonics program as implemented at the Augusta University Literacy Center. A description of the program as well as the Center's facility is offered. The daily schedule and instructional techniques are highlighted. The instructional design embraces the unique learning styles and preferences of struggling readers.…
Descriptors: Puppetry, Oral Reading, Phonics, Instructional Design
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Al-Hazza, Tami Craft; Lucking, Robert – Reading Improvement, 2017
This research study examined the values and perceptions of prospective teachers relative to a series of issues in what has become known as the New Literacies, the way youngsters read, seek information, and react to it through use of new technologies. The findings of this research reveal significant differences between female and male prospective…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Multiple Literacies, Student Teacher Attitudes, Demography
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Ediger, Marlow – Reading Improvement, 2017
Tutoring has always been a salient part of education and schooling. When attending elementary school, 1934-1942, selected pupils were tutored after school, free, with no extra salary for teachers. It was then considered customary, evidently, for teachers to tutor those needing extra assistance.
Descriptors: Tutoring, Elementary School Students, Educational History, Reading Instruction
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Wilson, D. Reece – Reading Improvement, 2017
Programs that promote family literacy, as defined by Hannon (2003), are "programs to teach literacy that acknowledge and make use of learners' family relationships and engagement in family literacy practices." Why are such programs important for young learners? According to Livingston and Wirt (2003), children who have homes with books,…
Descriptors: Family School Relationship, Family Literacy, Family Programs, Disadvantaged Schools
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Del Nero, Jennifer – Reading Improvement, 2017
This qualitative case study explores adolescents' responses to texts containing death and destruction, a seminal trope of the Gothic literary genre. Participants read both classic and popular culture texts featuring characters grappling with death in their seventh grade reading classroom. Observations, interviews, and documents were collected and…
Descriptors: Qualitative Research, Case Studies, Adolescents, Death
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Hill, K. Dara – Reading Improvement, 2017
The current climate of reading instruction calls for fluency strategies that stress automaticity, accuracy, and prosody, within the scope of prescribed reading programs that compromise teacher autonomy, with texts that are often irrelevant to the students' experiences. Consequently, accuracy and speed are developed, but deep comprehension is…
Descriptors: Reading Materials, Instructional Materials, Reading Strategies, Beginning Reading
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Swain, Kristine D.; Leader-Janssen, Elizabeth M.; Conley, Perry – Reading Improvement, 2017
This case study examined the effectiveness of three fluency interventions (i.e., repeated reading, audio listening passage preview and teacher modeled listening passage preview) with a fifth grade student struggling with fluency skills. When compared to baseline, each intervention increased oral reading fluency by the end of the 7 weeks of…
Descriptors: Reading Fluency, Oral Reading, Listening Comprehension, Reading Comprehension
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McCaffrey, Megan; Hisrich, Katy E. – Reading Improvement, 2017
As instructors of preservice teachers both researchers have spent time in classrooms observing the reading block. Teacher read-alouds were observed and a disconcerting occurrence became apparent to both researchers independently. Teachers took two seemingly dissimilar approaches to the practice of read-alouds. Teachers observed, either implemented…
Descriptors: Reading Aloud to Others, Reading Instruction, Educational Practices, Reading Teachers
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Flink, Patrick J. – Reading Improvement, 2017
Reading comprehension and fluency issues are the most significant challenges facing adult, developmental reading students in community colleges. While a great deal of focus has been on improving developmental reading instruction, there is a lack of attention, and research, on how to best improve students' actual reading. Self-selected reading…
Descriptors: Reading Comprehension, Reading Programs, Reading Instruction, Community Colleges
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Ediger, Marlow – Reading Improvement, 2017
There are a plethora of directions in which the curriculum might move, such as being subject centered versus being activity centered. Each must be appraised in terms of approved standards in assisting learners to achieve more optimally. Time moves forward rather rapidly as pupils move through the grades and graduate from high school, thus helping…
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Academic Achievement, Curriculum, Curriculum Enrichment
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Richards, Janet C. – Reading Improvement, 2017
In this semester-long, phenomenological case study the author investigated graduate education majors' development of relational care (i.e., dispositions of concern, sensitivity, attention, and commitment to students and their needs) as they engaged in service-learning tutoring connected to a required writing methods course. The author wanted to…
Descriptors: Service Learning, Writing Instruction, Phenomenology, Case Studies
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Hodapp, Albert Fed – Reading Improvement, 2016
Aaron (2005) described the "family as the nation's smallest school" and "the home as the first school." Furthermore, studies document that 90% of the differences in academic achievement can be explained by five factors: (a) two-parent households; (b) school absenteeism; (c) amount read for homework; (d) quality and quantity of…
Descriptors: Television Viewing, Home Study, Reading Habits, Recreational Reading
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