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Ediger, Marlow – Reading Improvement, 2014
Listening as a skills objective must be emphasized throughout the curriculum of school subjects. There are a variety of learning opportunities which stress the art and skills of listening. In conversation, it might be embarrassing if the sender of the message needs to repeat content due to faulty listening habits. Or, the responder in response…
Descriptors: Listening Skills, Listening, Listening Comprehension, Skill Development
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Nelson, Kristin L.; Alexander, Melina; Williams, Natalie A.; Sudweeks, Richard R. – Reading Improvement, 2014
Students beyond the primary grades who struggle with reading lack basic word attack ability and are thus unable to read new words with accuracy. However, there has been little research that reveals the specific word attack errors students exhibit. In this study, 123 struggling adolescent readers receiving special education services were given the…
Descriptors: Reading Skills, Error Patterns, Reading Difficulties, Special Education
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Magpuri-Lavell, Theresa; Paige, David; Williams, Rosemary; Akins, Kristia; Cameron, Molly – Reading Improvement, 2014
The present study examined the impact of the Simultaneous Multisensory Institute for Language Arts (SMILA) approach on the reading proficiency of 39 students between the ages of 7-11 participating in a summer reading program. The summer reading clinic draws students from the surrounding community which is located in a large urban district in the…
Descriptors: Language Arts, Reading Fluency, Summer Programs, Reading Programs
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Chen, Su-Yen; Fang, Sheng-Ping – Reading Improvement, 2014
This study expanded the definition of reading practices to include both print- and Internet-based reading, and examined the relationship of reading profiles to Taiwanese college students' performance on various practices. The results showed that more time was spent on Internet-than print-based extracurricular reading, and that the three…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, College Students, Reading Habits, Educational Practices
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Hoaglund, Amy E.; Birkenfeld, Karen J.; Bluiett, Tarsha – Reading Improvement, 2014
A seamless practice in most classrooms today is one of reading assessment as the tool that informs instruction. When data is used effectively, teachers can provide essential early intervention instruction to prevent reading difficulties from occurring. In most cases, data retrieved from various classroom assessments provide authentic student…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Data, Teacher Education Programs, Partnerships in Education
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Gischlar, Karen L.; Vesay, Joanne P. – Reading Improvement, 2014
Research has consistently demonstrated the importance of early literacy instruction, as these skills are the developmental precursors to conventional reading. In this study, 215 early childhood educators in two states responded to a survey regarding early literacy curricula and assessment. Results indicated that most teachers used either a…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Emergent Literacy, Preschool Teachers, Preschool Curriculum
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Fruth, Jason D. – Reading Improvement, 2014
This quantitative study addresses the problem of reading and behavioral performance in elementary school by examining the impact of a universal preventive intervention on both the proximal and distal outcomes of students in the fourth grade at a mid-western elementary school. These proximal outcomes (disruptions per student per hour) were measured…
Descriptors: Statistical Analysis, Reading Difficulties, Behavior Problems, Elementary School Students
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Williams, Ebonee – Reading Improvement, 2014
For decades, minority students have been falling behind non-minority students, and schools have been striving to bridge this gap. It has, indeed, been challenging for middle and high schools, especially when striving to increase reading achievement: Since most middle and high school teachers are non-English teachers, they lack reading instruction…
Descriptors: Secondary School Students, Secondary School Curriculum, Barriers, Success
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Noltemeyer, Amity; Joseph, Laurice M.; Watson, Mackenzie – Reading Improvement, 2014
Phrase drill, listening passage preview, and repeated reading are instructional methods that have been effective in improving reading accuracy and fluency. However, little research has examined these techniques' effects on prosody and retell. This study did so using a modified alternating treatments design. Four students who recently completed…
Descriptors: Oral Reading, Intonation, Suprasegmentals, Intervention
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Malouf, Rachel C.; Reisener, Carmen D.; Gadke, Daniel L.; Wimbish, Sarah W.; Frankel, Aimee C. – Reading Improvement, 2014
This study examines the effectiveness of Helping Early Literacy with Practice Strategies (HELPS) One-on-One Program on increasing the reading fluency of two children identified as having reading difficulties. Reading fluency is characterized by quickness and accuracy of reading. Additionally, fluency is the second stage of the learning hierarch,…
Descriptors: Emergent Literacy, Reading Fluency, Reading Difficulties, Severe Disabilities
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McCown, Margaret Averill; Thomason, Gina B. – Reading Improvement, 2014
With the increased emphasis on informational text with Common Core State Standards and the difficulty many students have with this type of text, this study examined the effects of Collaborative Strategic Reading (CSR) on informational text comprehension and metacognitive awareness of fifth grade students. Participating students included a…
Descriptors: State Standards, Reading Comprehension, Metacognition, Reading Strategies
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Schmitz, Stephanie L.; Loy, Sedona – Reading Improvement, 2014
As the ability to read proficiently is essential for success both in and out of the school setting, literacy has become an area of particular focus in today's classrooms. While recent assessments indicate that students are making progress in the area of reading (e.g., National Assessment of Educational Progress [NAEP], 2011), there continues to be…
Descriptors: Reading Programs, Reading Achievement, Program Evaluation, Program Effectiveness
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Ediger, Marlow – Reading Improvement, 2013
There are selected philosophies of reading instruction which are relevant in providing for individual differences among learners. These need to be studied in-depth by reading teachers in order to best provide for each pupil in the classroom. Pupils differ from each other in reading achievement, interests, and purposes, and it is a challenge to…
Descriptors: Reading Instruction, Educational Philosophy, Individualized Instruction, Teaching Methods
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Wilson, D. Reece – Reading Improvement, 2013
This article describes the development of a family literacy project that involves university preservice teachers creating literacy backpacks. The family literacy project was developed with two objectives: (1) to encourage parent/child participation in literacy activities; and (2) to give preservice teachers the opportunity to develop literacy…
Descriptors: Family School Relationship, Family Literacy, Preservice Teachers, Student Experience
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Kindle, Karen J.; Schmidt, Cynthia M. – Reading Improvement, 2013
In this collaborative self-study, two teacher educators examined transcripts of preservice teachers' inquiry groups focused on assessment and tutoring of struggling readers as part of a reading methods course. The analysis identified instances of scaffolding by the course instructor that influenced preservice teachers' development. Types…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Scaffolding (Teaching Technique), Transcripts (Written Records), Methods Courses
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