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Gallagher, Tiffany L.; Fazio, Xavier; Gunning, Thomas G. – Reading Improvement, 2012
This investigation compared readability formulae to publishers' identified reading levels in science-based elementary readers. Nine well-established readability indices were calculated and comparisons were made with the publishers' identified grade designations and between different genres of text. Results revealed considerable variance among the…
Descriptors: Reading Instruction, Readability, Correlation, Comparative Analysis
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Howard, Rachael M. – Reading Improvement, 2012
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: Reading Programs, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Novels
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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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Chen, Su-Yen; Lu, Luo – Reading Improvement, 2012
As a follow-up study to a cross-sectional national study that established the linkage between gender as well as family factors and the likelihood of being Taiwanese adolescent readers, this study attempted to utilize the same data set with longitudinal data to explore whether the association between family factors and being an avid adolescent…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Followup Studies, Adolescents, Reading
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Long, Tiffani; Bonds-Raacke, Jennifer M. – Reading Improvement, 2012
Literature on age of entry into formal education is inconsistent at best in determining if early or late entry impacts the educational experience in positive or negative ways. The purpose of the current study was to add to the literature by examining the relationship between age of entry into formal education and participation in the Accelerated…
Descriptors: School Entrance Age, Educational Experience, Context Effect, Elementary School Students
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Scheffel, Debora; Lefly, Dianne; Houser, Janet – Reading Improvement, 2012
The study addresses the extent to which subtests on the Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills Reading Assessment (DIBELS; Good & Kaminski, 2002) predict student success on a measure of reading comprehension and if prediction is consistent for native and second English Language Learners. 2,649 elementary students were assessed on a…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Second Language Learning, Reading Comprehension, Emergent Literacy
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McTague, Becky; Abrams, Barbara – Reading Improvement, 2011
A summer reading program for disadvantaged, urban elementary school students provided scaffolded access to books by constructing a book-rich environment, as well as giving supportive strategy instruction for choosing and using reading materials. The program culminated in a book-buying experience in which students chose books for home libraries.…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Reading Materials, Summer Programs, Student Attitudes
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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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Richardson, Maurine; Richardson, James; Sacks, Mary Kathleen – Reading Improvement, 2011
When motivating students to read so often the literacy teacher will ask for assistance from the language arts, social studies, mathematics, and science teachers to develop literacy and content specific activities. It is important to consider other teachers in the school that are often not asked to participate in reading activities. The physical…
Descriptors: Athletic Coaches, Role Models, Science Teachers, Physical Education Teachers
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Ediger, Marlow – Reading Improvement, 2011
Pupil/teacher interaction provides opportunities for many kinds of learning experiences. Within the reading curriculum, there are a plethora of activities in oral communication and working together harmoniously. Thus from every day experiences, the teacher may communicate verbally what he/she has read in an interesting, informative manner on the…
Descriptors: Speech Communication, Reading Instruction, Learning Experience, Aptitude Treatment Interaction
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Richards, Janet – Reading Improvement, 2011
For five years I have supervised a summer literacy camp that connects graduate education majors with students from diverse ethnicities. Each summer I noted I inadequately challenged the education majors to extend their knowledge, examine their attitudes, and expand their abilities to offer culturally responsive literacy instruction to students in…
Descriptors: Education Majors, Graduate Study, Literacy, Teacher Educators
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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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Olson, Peter C. – Reading Improvement, 2011
This study attempted to determine whether giving lower performing tutors preferential instruction over their higher performing tutees before they engage in peer tutoring sessions may help increase the reading achievement for these lower performing tutors. The preferential instruction consisted of giving adult-delivered instruction in a targeted…
Descriptors: Expertise, Video Technology, Reading Difficulties, Reading Fluency
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Little, David C.; Box, Jean Ann – Reading Improvement, 2011
Research has shown that the use of pre-reading activities, such as graphic or advance organizers can positively affect student acquisition of vocabulary and meaning when reading new concepts presented in text. One particularly effective strategy, semantic mapping, can significantly impact students who previously had a lack of prior knowledge on…
Descriptors: Reading Materials, Content Area Reading, Semantics, Prior Learning
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Prado, Ludivina; Plourde, Lee A. – Reading Improvement, 2011
The relationship between the intentional teaching of reading strategies and the increase in reading comprehension was studied. The Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA) reading pretest and posttest scores of 57 subjects were analyzed to see if there was a significant increase in performance after the reading strategies were taught. The study…
Descriptors: Reading Comprehension, Reading Strategies, Scores, Gender Differences
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