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Saddler, Bruce; Asaro, Kristie; Behforooz, Bita – Learning Disabilities: A Contemporary Journal, 2008
Constructing well-formed sentences is an important element of writing. However, many students struggle with this skill; in particular, writers with learning disability (LD). In this study sentence-combining practice with a peer-assistance component was used to improve the ability of four young students with LD to construct sentences and compose…
Descriptors: Learning Disabilities, Elementary School Students, Writing Difficulties, Peer Teaching
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LaBarbera, Robin – Learning Disabilities: A Contemporary Journal, 2008
This study evaluated perceived social support and self-esteem in 66 students who attended a private school for students with learning disabilities. Results from a hierarchical regression analysis indicated that support from parents predicted 35% of the variance in global self-worth. Support from classmates, close friends, and teachers did not make…
Descriptors: Self Esteem, Social Support Groups, Adolescents, Special Schools
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Lackaye, Timothy; Margalit, Malka – Learning Disabilities: A Contemporary Journal, 2008
The goals of this study were to (a) examine differences between two age groups of adolescents with and without learning disabilities (LD) in their general and specific self-efficacy beliefs (in history and mathematics), their academic achievement (in history and mathematics), and their loneliness, effort, and hope; and (b) identify predictors of…
Descriptors: Self Efficacy, Learning Disabilities, Academic Achievement, Psychological Patterns
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Tournaki, Nelly; Bae, Young Seh; Kerekes, Judit – Learning Disabilities: A Contemporary Journal, 2008
This study examined the effects on math performance of the use of the rekenrek, a manipulative developed by Adrian Treffers. The rekenrek looks like an abacus, but differs in that it is based on a five-structure and not a ten-structure system. It is comprised of two rows of 10 beads, each broken into two sets of 5 by color (i.e., in each row the…
Descriptors: Mathematics Education, Learning Disabilities, Scores, Subtraction
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Carney, Karen J.; Stiefel, Gilbert S. – Learning Disabilities: A Contemporary Journal, 2008
Two general models exist for implementing Response to Intervention (RtI) for struggling students, the standard protocol model and the problem-solving model. This study examined the long-term outcomes of one example of the problem-solving method, the Instructional Support Team (IST), in a field setting. Academic records of 32 students were reviewed…
Descriptors: Academic Records, Intervention, Educational Objectives, Academic Achievement
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Garcia, Jesus-Nicasio; Fidalgo, Raquel – Learning Disabilities: A Contemporary Journal, 2008
The aim of the study was to compare two samples of sixth-grade Spanish primary students on coordination of writing processes measured by online or direct retrospection techniques and writing products. One group was comprised of 81 students with learning disabilities (LD), the other was made up by 80 typically achieving students. The results showed…
Descriptors: Writing (Composition), Self Efficacy, Learning Disabilities, Writing Processes
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Therrien, William J.; Hughes, Charles – Learning Disabilities: A Contemporary Journal, 2008
This study was conducted to ascertain if repeated reading or question generation was more effective at improving reading fluency and comprehension of fourth- through sixth-grade students with learning disabilities or reading problems. Adult tutors trained by the investigator conducted the interventions. Instructional components and training within…
Descriptors: Reading Fluency, Reading Improvement, Learning Disabilities, Reading Comprehension
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Dunn, Michael W. – Learning Disabilities: A Contemporary Journal, 2007
There is growing evidence that the current method of identifying students with a learning disability (LD) is ineffective. The wait-to-fail model of assessing students after second/third grade as well as conceptual problems in using intelligence tests for identification result in students not receiving the assistance they need during the…
Descriptors: Intervention, Learning Disabilities, Grade 5, Grade 3
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Fore, Cecil, III; Boon, Richard T.; Lowrie, Kathryn – Learning Disabilities: A Contemporary Journal, 2007
This study compared the effects of two types of instruction on the learning of content-area vocabulary words of six middle school students with learning disabilities. A multiple-baseline design across participants was used to evaluate the effectiveness of the two instructional models (i.e., definition and concept model) on the percent of…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Learning Disabilities, Mathematics, Vocabulary
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Santangelo, Tanya; Harris, Karen R.; Graham, Steve – Learning Disabilities: A Contemporary Journal, 2007
Many students find writing extremely difficult and frustrating because they are not able to learn and apply the strategies used by skilled writers. Self-Regulated Strategy Development (SRSD) is a comprehensive, flexible model that explicitly helps students learn to manage the writing process. An extensive body of research has documented that SRSD…
Descriptors: Writing Strategies, Learning Disabilities, Writing Processes, Writing Instruction
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Rivas-Moya, Teresa; Gonzalez-Valenzuela, Maria-Jose – Learning Disabilities: A Contemporary Journal, 2007
In educational practice, for the evaluation and diagnosis of learning disabilities (LD), it is advisable to use standardized tests together with observation questionnaires. When observation questionnaires are used in the study of LD, Cohen's (1960) kappa coefficient (k) is frequently applied as a measure of agreement between two raters when they…
Descriptors: Observation, Learning Disabilities, Standardized Tests, Educational Practices
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Li, Daqi – Learning Disabilities: A Contemporary Journal, 2007
Students with learning disabilities (LD) often experience difficulties in writing fluently and using a diversity of words. To help these students, specific and effective writing strategies must be incorporated into instruction and demonstrated to them through modeling. This study examined the effectiveness of using a story map and story map…
Descriptors: Writing Strategies, Writing Improvement, Learning Disabilities, Writing Instruction
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Antoniou, Faye; Souvignier, Elmar – Learning Disabilities: A Contemporary Journal, 2007
Teaching reading strategies and guiding students towards self-regulated reading routines are promising approaches to fostering reading comprehension in students with learning disabilities. The aim of this study was to evaluate in a sample of 73 fifth to eighth graders with learning disabilities (IQ higher than 85 and reading skills below…
Descriptors: Reading Comprehension, Reading, Self Efficacy, Learning Disabilities
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Masoura, Elvira V. – Learning Disabilities: A Contemporary Journal, 2006
Research findings concerning working memory impairment of children with learning disabilities, poor readers, and individuals with severe learning difficulties are examined within the framework of working memory. Results from developmental and experimental studies indicate a close link between the function of working memory and performance on…
Descriptors: Learning Disabilities, Short Term Memory, Children, Language Impairments
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Boon, Richard T.; Burke, Mack D.; Fore, Cecil, III; Hagan-Burke, Shanna – Learning Disabilities: A Contemporary Journal, 2006
The purpose of this study was to conduct a systematic replication of a previous study (Boon, Burke, Fore, & Spencer, 2006) on the effects of computer-generated cognitive organizers using Inspiration 6 software versus a traditional textbook instruction format on students' ability to comprehend social studies content information in high school…
Descriptors: Textbooks, Mild Disabilities, Educational Technology, Social Studies
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