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Tubbs, Aimee; Young, Ellie L.; Heath, Melissa A.; Dyches, Tina T. – Reading Horizons, 2019
The authors summarize 30 children's books that tell stories of a family member's military deployment in order to identify books that could be used in bibliotherapy for children impacted by deployment. In this sample of books, the main characters are most commonly portrayed as feeling sad about a family member's deployment. The most prevalent…
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Counseling Techniques, Military Service, Military Personnel
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Hawkins, Lisa K. – Reading Horizons, 2019
A common practice in today's primary-grade classrooms, teacher-student writing conferences are considered a vital component of instruction by accomplished writing teachers and advocates of process writing. Moreover, what teachers say and how they say it shapes those opportunities for student learning that are possible in classrooms. As such,…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Writing Instruction, Writing (Composition), Elementary School Teachers
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Pletcher, Bethanie C.; Hudson, Alida K.; Watson, Krystal – Reading Horizons, 2019
The purpose of this exploratory case study was to explore the ways in which one specialized literacy professional (SLP) navigated and reflected on coaching conversations with teachers. The participants for this study were one elementary school SLP and two classroom teachers at the same school. Coaching conversations the SLP held with teachers, the…
Descriptors: Coaching (Performance), Literacy Education, Elementary School Teachers, Teacher Attitudes
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Broemmel, Amy D.; Evans, Katherine R.; Lester, Jessica N.; Rigell, Amanda; Lochmiller, Chad R. – Reading Horizons, 2019
Over the past four decades, a number of researchers have attempted to describe the reading habits of teachers. Some have investigated the impact of reading habits generally, while most have focused on some kind of loosely defined "professional reading." In relationship to this body of literature, the purpose of our descriptive survey…
Descriptors: Reading Habits, School Districts, Teacher Attitudes, Faculty Development
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Kelly, Catherine M.; Miller, Sara E.; Graham, Karen Kleppe; Bahlmann Bollinger, Chelsey M.; Sanden, Sherry – Reading Horizons, 2019
In an era of increased accountability, it is important to understand how exemplary teachers navigate the demands placed on them by their schools, districts, and states in order to support student learning aligned with their beliefs of effective instruction. To understand these negotiations, the authors examined tensions facing exemplary literacy…
Descriptors: Literacy Education, Reading Instruction, Preschool Teachers, Elementary School Teachers
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Block, Meghan K.; Strachan, Stephanie L. – Reading Horizons, 2019
The overarching purpose of writing is to communicate. As such, the intended audience is a critical consideration for writers. However, elementary school writing instruction commonly neglects the role of the audience. Typically, children are asked to compose a piece of text without a specific audience in mind that is usually evaluated by the…
Descriptors: Grade 2, Elementary School Students, Audience Awareness, Young Children
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Hattan, Courtney; Dinsmore, Daniel L. – Reading Horizons, 2019
Prior knowledge activation is a crucial component of reading comprehension. Previous studies have examined students' prompted (or solicited) purposeful knowledge activation, which occurs when the explicit goal is to activate knowledge, as well as ancillary knowledge activation, which is when students indirectly use their prior knowledge to fill in…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Prior Learning, Reading, Grade 3
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Hayden, H. Emily; Singh, Anupma; Eades-Baird, Michelle – Reading Horizons, 2019
To equalize access to science learning across genders and demographic groups, access to the disciplinary language of science is one place to start. The language of science is highly challenging and specialized, and difficulties acquiring this language contribute to disparities in science achievement across diverse student groups. This study used a…
Descriptors: Research, Partnerships in Education, Vocabulary Development, Knowledge Level
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Coakley-Fields, Mary R. – Reading Horizons, 2018
What are indicators, or markers, of 'inclusive' reading classrooms? As elementary school teachers across the United States are increasingly required to teach reading to diverse, heterogenous groups of students within the same classroom space, practitioners and researchers seek to identify what constitutes 'inclusion' in reading instruction. This…
Descriptors: Inclusion, Reading Instruction, Elementary School Students, Grade 4
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Christ, Tanya; Sharma, Sue Ann – Reading Horizons, 2018
Culturally relevant text selection and pedagogy support students' motivation, engagement, literacy outcomes, and positive identity formation. Nevertheless, there is limited research on teacher preparation that fosters these outcomes. We explore 17 preservice teachers' challenges and successes with culturally relevant text selection and pedagogy…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Culturally Relevant Education, Preservice Teacher Education, Literacy Education
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Stefanski, Angela J.; Leitze, Amy; Fife-Demski, Veronica M. – Reading Horizons, 2018
This collective case study used methods of discourse analysis to consider what computer-mediated collaboration might reveal about preservice teachers' sense-making in a field-based practicum as they learn to teach reading to children identified as struggling readers. Researchers agree that field-based experiences coupled with time for reflection…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Reading Instruction, Computer Mediated Communication, Case Studies
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Scheffel, Tara-Lynn; Cameron, Claire; Dolmage, Lindsay; Johnston, Madisen; Lapensee, Jemanica; Solymar, Kirsten; Speedie, Emily; Wills, Meagan – Reading Horizons, 2018
This paper highlights the two-year journey of an extra-curricular book club for teacher candidates as they explored children's literature in order to further their teaching practice. Initial themes were confirmed and refined as the journey of the book club concluded after two years. A sociocultural theoretical framework guided this work and…
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Books, Clubs, Preservice Teachers
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Acosta, Melanie M.; Duggins, Shaunt̩ РReading Horizons, 2018
Community-based literacy learning spaces are crucial to the enduring African American pursuit of literacy. This article reports findings from a study exploring the impact of a community-based literacy tutoring program for African American readers in grades 3-5. Findings also report on ways the community literacy site was similar to historic…
Descriptors: African American Students, Elementary School Students, Community Programs, Literacy Education
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Rissling, Karen; Kucan, Linda – Reading Horizons, 2018
In this cross-case study, we examined how two reading specialist candidates negotiated their yearlong practicum experiences in relation to university coursework and their previous teaching experience. Data sources included interviews, weekly teaching logs, and field observations. Findings reported in extended vignettes reveal how both interns were…
Descriptors: Practicums, Reading Consultants, Reading Instruction, Intervention
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Domke, Lisa M. – Reading Horizons, 2018
Because dual-language books (DLBs) are written entirely in two languages, they have the potential to help readers develop multilingual literacy skills while acting as cultural and/or linguistic windows and mirrors. However, the ways in which publishers choose words when translating, format languages, and represent cultures have implications for…
Descriptors: Bilingual Instructional Materials, Books, Spanish, English
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