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Briesch, Amy M.; Casale, Gino; Grosche, Michael; Volpe, Robert J.; Hennemann, Thomas – Learning Disabilities: A Contemporary Journal, 2017
Modern attempts to explain why some assessment tools are readily adopted by school-based personnel whereas others are not have focused on the concept of usability. Usability encompasses not only the degree to which consumers find an assessment tool to be acceptable, but also the degree to which it is well-understood, believed to be feasible,…
Descriptors: Usability, German, Foreign Countries, Validity
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Fenty, Nicole S.; Brydon, Melissa – Learning Disabilities: A Contemporary Journal, 2017
This study explored the impact of training special education teacher candidates to implement content literacy strategy instruction on the teacher candidates' feelings of self-efficacy, beliefs, and practice. The study also explored the impact of implementing content literacy interventions on the content knowledge of elementary age students with or…
Descriptors: Special Education, Preservice Teacher Education, Literacy Education, Student Diversity
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Wieber, Adrianne Essex; Evoy, Katie; McLaughlin, T. F.; Derby, K. Mark; Kellogg, Ethyl; Williams, Randy Lee; Peterson, Stephanie Marie; Rinaldi, Lisa – Learning Disabilities: A Contemporary Journal, 2017
We designed and implemented a modified eight-week Direct Instruction (DI) program intended to teach a third grade student with learning disabilities to tell time. The first objective was to determine whether or not the appearance (interesting or boring) of the worksheet affected performance. These data suggested the use of large-scale clocks and…
Descriptors: Direct Instruction, Teaching Methods, Grade 3, Elementary School Students
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Detrich, Ronnie; Keyworth, Randy; States, Jack – Learning Disabilities: A Contemporary Journal, 2016
Education is a public health issue. Poor educational outcomes are correlated with many health and social ills. To improve the quality of education, it will be necessary to take advantage of the leverage points of policy, evidence, and implementation science. The idea of evidence informing policy may be non-controversial, but a closer examination…
Descriptors: Evidence Based Practice, Educational Practices, Educational Policy, Educational Change
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Grünke, Matthias; Janning, Andriana Maria; Sperling, Marko – Learning Disabilities: A Contemporary Journal, 2016
The purpose of this single-case study was to evaluate the effects of a peer-tutoring intervention on the text production skills of three third graders with severe learning and speech difficulties. All tutees were initially able to produce only very short stories. During the course of the treatment, higher performing classmates taught them how to…
Descriptors: Peer Teaching, Program Effectiveness, Intervention, Grade 3
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Lubin, Jacqueline; Polloway, Edward A. – Learning Disabilities: A Contemporary Journal, 2016
Over the years, mnemonic instruction has been promoted as an effective strategy to teach students with learning problems including learning disabilities (LD) or mild intellectual disability (MID). This paper discusses mnemonic instruction, including types, versatility in use, and effectiveness with struggling learners. Specific emphasis then is…
Descriptors: Mnemonics, Social Studies, Learning Problems, Learning Disabilities
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Scheeler, Mary Catherine; Budin, Shannon; Markelz, Andy – Learning Disabilities: A Contemporary Journal, 2016
It is paramount that teacher preparation programs continually strive toward the mission of preparing effective special educators. Through coursework and fieldwork, graduates must be well-informed professionals capable of improving student outcomes by understanding, selecting, and engaging in evidence-based practice (EBP). Evidence suggesting…
Descriptors: Teacher Education Programs, Evidence Based Practice, Special Education Teachers, Teacher Competencies
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Cook, Bryan G.; Cook, Lysandra – Learning Disabilities: A Contemporary Journal, 2016
Evidence-based practice is among the most influential and compelling reforms in contemporary education. Despite their potential to improve the outcomes of students with disabilities, adoption and implementation of evidence-based reforms have been disappointing, with the gap between research and practice remaining wide. Practice-based evidence…
Descriptors: Learning Disabilities, Evidence Based Practice, Partnerships in Education, Special Education
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Wood, Charles L.; Goodnight, Crystalyn I.; Bethune, Keri S.; Preston, Angela I.; Cleaver, Samantha L. – Learning Disabilities: A Contemporary Journal, 2016
Professional development through in-service training may not be of sufficient duration, intensity, and specificity to improve teachers' instructional skills. Due to the increased need to support teachers' use of evidence-based practices in multi-tiered systems of support such as RTI [Response to Intervention] and PBIS [Positive Behavior…
Descriptors: Inservice Teacher Education, Faculty Development, Teaching Skills, Evidence Based Practice
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Hord, Casey; Marita, Samantha; Walsh, Jennifer B.; Tomaro, Taylor-Marie; Gordon, Kiyana; Saldanha, Rene L. – Learning Disabilities: A Contemporary Journal, 2016
The researchers conducted an exploratory qualitative case study to describe the gesturing processes of tutors and students when engaging in secondary mathematics. The use of gestures ranged in complexity from simple gestures, such as pointing and moving the pointing finger in an arching motion to demonstrate mathematics relationships within…
Descriptors: Qualitative Research, Case Studies, Nonverbal Communication, Learning Disabilities
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Utley, Cheryl A.; Obiakor, Festus E. – Learning Disabilities: A Contemporary Journal, 2015
This study measured the effects of a targeted intervention, The Cool Tool, implemented in the secondary prevention tier to minimize teacher reprimands and students' on-task behaviors in an urban elementary school. The participants in the social skills intervention programs were seven teachers, across grades K-5. Assessments included pre-posttest…
Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, Urban Schools, Intervention, Interpersonal Competence
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Utley, Cheryl A.; Obiakor, Festus E. – Learning Disabilities: A Contemporary Journal, 2015
Evidence-based programs and interventions targeting special education programs fall within a multi-tiered system of support (MTSS) which consists of increased instructional time, interventions, and improved educational outcomes for students in general and special education. The NASP Position Statement, "Appropriate Behavioral, Social, and…
Descriptors: Response to Intervention, Special Education, Intervention, Reading Difficulties
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Allsopp, David H.; Haley, Keri C. – Learning Disabilities: A Contemporary Journal, 2015
This paper reports the results of a synthesis of research related to teacher education, mathematics, and students with learning disabilities (SWLD) and other struggling learners. The goals of this synthesis were to determine the nature of the current research base (2004-2014) and to determine how it can inform teacher educators about the effective…
Descriptors: Educational Research, Teacher Education, Mathematics Education, Learning Disabilities
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Boon, Richard T.; Paal, Michael; Hintz, Anna-Maria; Cornelius-Freyre, Melissa – Learning Disabilities: A Contemporary Journal, 2015
The purpose of this article is to provide a review on the effectiveness of story mapping to improve the reading comprehension skills of middle and high school (Grades 6-12) students with learning disabilities (LD). An extensive review of the special education research-base revealed twelve (N = 12) story mapping intervention studies that met our…
Descriptors: Reading Comprehension, Learning Disabilities, Intervention, Middle School Students
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Myers, Jonté A.; Wang, Jun; Brownell, Mary T.; Gagnon, Joseph Calvin – Learning Disabilities: A Contemporary Journal, 2015
The purpose of our literature review was to extend and update Maccini, Mulcahy, and Wilson's (2007) review of the literature on mathematics interventions for secondary students with learning disabilities (LD). An extensive search of the research literature netted 15 research studies that focused on mathematics interventions for secondary students…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Intervention, Learning Disabilities, Secondary School Students
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