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Lam, Wan Shun Eva; Warriner, Doris S. – Reading Research Quarterly, 2012
This review of research offers a synthesis and analysis of research studies that address issues of language and literacy practices and learning in transnational contexts of migration. We consider how theoretical concepts from transnational migration studies, including particular Boudieusian-inspired concepts such as transnational social field,…
Descriptors: Literacy, Ideology, Migration, Language Role
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Nagy, William; Townsend, Dianna – Reading Research Quarterly, 2012
There is a growing awareness of the importance of academic vocabulary, and more generally, of academic language proficiency, for students' success in school. There is also a growing body of research on the nature of the demands that academic language places on readers and writers, and on interventions to help students meet these demands. In this…
Descriptors: Academic Discourse, English for Academic Purposes, Teaching Methods, Figurative Language
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Schiefele, Ulrich; Schaffner, Ellen; Moller, Jens; Wigfield, Allan – Reading Research Quarterly, 2012
This review of research examines the constructs of reading motivation and synthesizes research findings of the past 20 years on the relationship between reading motivation and reading behavior (amount, strategies, and preferences), and the relationship between reading motivation and reading competence (reading skills and comprehension). In…
Descriptors: Reading Skills, Qualitative Research, Reading Motivation, Literature Reviews
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Kim, Minjeong – Reading Research Quarterly, 2012
This study explores how intertextuality influences the narrative practices of young deaf children in two classrooms. Specifically, the study examines how variations in what texts are made available to juxtapose and variations in how texts are juxtaposed influence the narratives young deaf children produce. A major premise underlying these two…
Descriptors: Deafness, Children, Personal Narratives, Classroom Environment
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Wright, Tanya S. – Reading Research Quarterly, 2012
There is now compelling evidence that children's early vocabulary development is essential to their long-term reading comprehension. Findings from experimental studies have indicated that vocabulary knowledge influences the development of conceptual knowledge and comprehension, suggesting a causal relationship among these fundamental language…
Descriptors: Kindergarten, Language Skills, Reading Comprehension, Vocabulary Development
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McKenna, Michael C.; Conradi, Kristin; Lawrence, Camille; Jang, Bong Gee; Meyer, J. Patrick – Reading Research Quarterly, 2012
To examine the current state of reading attitudes among middle school students in the United States, a survey was developed and administered to 4,491 students in 23 states plus the District of Columbia. The instrument comprised four subscales measuring attitudes toward: recreational reading in print settings, recreational reading in digital…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Recreational Reading, Reading Attitudes, Factor Structure
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Rockwell, Elsie; Galvao, Ana Maria – Reading Research Quarterly, 2012
This essay on three recent books by outstanding scholars--"La raison scolaire" by Bernard Lahire, "Histoire de l'enseignement du francais du XVII[superscript e] au XX[superscript e] siecle" by Andre Chervel, and "L'ecole et la lecture obligatoire" by Anne-Marie Chartier--offers the opportunity to acquaint readers with…
Descriptors: Written Language, Foreign Countries, French, Language Research
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Brusnighan, Stephen M.; Folk, Jocelyn R. – Reading Research Quarterly, 2012
In two studies, we investigated how skilled readers use contextual and morphemic information in the process of incidental vocabulary acquisition during reading. In Experiment 1, we monitored skilled readers' eye movements while they silently read sentence pairs containing novel and known English compound words that were either semantically…
Descriptors: Morphemes, Cues, Incidental Learning, Vocabulary Development
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Poveda, David – Reading Research Quarterly, 2012
In this article, I examine literacy artifacts placed by students in different locations of a state-run secondary school in the city of Madrid, Spain. The data were gathered as part of a two-year long multilevel ethnography focused on the social and academic trajectories of immigrant students in Spanish compulsory secondary education. The analysis…
Descriptors: Immigrants, Latin Americans, Anthropological Linguistics, Ethnography
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Coburn, Cynthia E.; Woulfin, Sarah L. – Reading Research Quarterly, 2012
Many educational policy initiatives use instructional coaching to accomplish their goals. Yet we know little about the role of reading coaches in mediating the relationship between policy and teachers' classroom practice. In this article, we investigate the role of reading coaches in mediating the relationship between Reading First policy and…
Descriptors: Reading Achievement, Coaching (Performance), Role, Role Conflict
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Kontovourki, Stavroula – Reading Research Quarterly, 2012
This article examines the reading of leveled books and the assessment of students' reading levels in a public school classroom. The purpose of the research study was to examine how these processes of assessment, which often go unnoticed, shaped the ways reading and readers were defined. The research was located in a third grade, public school…
Descriptors: Public Schools, Grade 3, Reader Text Relationship, Difficulty Level
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Street, Brian V. – Reading Research Quarterly, 2012
This essay offers a commentary on how the relationship between language and literacy practices in and out of school has been conceptualized. It draws upon two new books in the field. Shirley Brice Heath's new book, "Words at Work and Play: Three Decades in Family and Community Life," which makes use of rich ethnographic accounts of…
Descriptors: Adult Learning, Adult Students, Literacy, Writing Skills
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Rockwell, Elsie – Reading Research Quarterly, 2012
In this article, I examine French language instruction in an elementary classroom serving primarily children of Afro-French immigrants in Paris. I show that a prevalent French language ideology privileges written over oral expression and associates full mastery of written French with rational thought and full inclusion in the French polity. This…
Descriptors: Immigrants, Written Language, Verbal Communication, Grade 5
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Goldman, Susan R.; Braasch, Jason L. G.; Wiley, Jennifer; Graesser, Arthur C.; Brodowinska, Kamila – Reading Research Quarterly, 2012
Readers increasingly attempt to understand and learn from information sources they find on the Internet. Doing so highlights the crucial role that evaluative processes play in selecting and making sense of the information. In a prior study, Wiley et al. (2009, Experiment 1) asked undergraduates to perform a web-based inquiry task about volcanoes…
Descriptors: Information Sources, Internet, Protocol Analysis, Information Literacy
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Sinatra, Gale M.; Broughton, Suzanne H. – Reading Research Quarterly, 2011
The use of texts in science classrooms has waned significantly over the past two decades. However, recently, researchers have shown renewed interest in the use of refutation texts as a tool for promoting conceptual change and science learning. In this article, we examine the intersection of conceptual change and reading comprehension research in…
Descriptors: Reading Comprehension, Scientific Literacy, Classrooms, Researchers
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