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Boody, Robert M. – Reading Improvement, 2010
For decades there has been a divide between educational research and practice. Sometimes the blame is placed on teachers for not following research-based strategies or not being trained well enough to read the literature. Just as frequently the blame is placed on researchers for not (a) studying topics important to teachers, (b) writing them so…
Descriptors: Reading Research, Qualitative Research, Research Utilization, Theory Practice Relationship
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Marr, Mary Beth; Algozzine, Bob; Kavel, Rebecca L.; Dugan, Katherine Keller – Reading Improvement, 2010
Fluent oral reading is essential for success in elementary school. In this study, we investigated the effectiveness of enhanced reading fluency instruction for struggling readers. In a response-to-intervention context, the effort represented a primary intervention available to all students but provided only to those judged likely to need…
Descriptors: Reading Fluency, Oral Reading, Elementary School Students, Reading Difficulties
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Lei, Simon A.; Berger, Adam M.; Allen, Brigita M.; Plummer, Chad V.; Rosenberg, Worka – Reading Improvement, 2010
In order to successfully complete any college-level courses, English Language Learner (ELL) students must be able to read and comprehend a large volume of academic information. However, many instructors are completely overwhelmed in teaching their respective subject areas and are academically unprepared to teach ELL students appropriate reading…
Descriptors: College Students, Reading Skills, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning
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Richardson, Judy S.; Robnolt, Valerie J.; Rhodes, Joan A. – Reading Improvement, 2010
Study skills were an early and important topic in reading; however, since the 1970s, they have received relatively little research attention. The authors systematically analyzed the research conducted on study skills from 1900 to the present. Several themes emerged including: (a) motivation and affect; (b) activities described; (c) metacognition;…
Descriptors: Study Skills, Literature Reviews, Time Perspective, Educational History
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Smith, Ann Marie – Reading Improvement, 2010
This case study explores seventh grade students' experiences with writing and performing poetry. Teacher and student interviews along with class observations provide insight into how the teacher and students viewed spoken word poetry and identity. The researcher recommends practices for the teaching of critical literacy using spoken word and…
Descriptors: Grade 7, Poetry, Case Studies, Writing (Composition)
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McDonald, Lonnie R. – Reading Improvement, 2010
How does one move graduate candidates into "advocates"? The journey started with researching study groups to build collaboration, then to an understanding of "advocacy" and its uses, finally the act of becoming advocates for a cause. The ultimate gain was the professional growth observed in the graduate candidates and a…
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Educational Trends, Oral Reading, Advocacy
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Miller, Shawn R.; Hopper, Peggy F. – Reading Improvement, 2010
Pressures are great upon public school teachers and administrators in secondary school systems to insure their students perform well on state and national achievement tests. The No Child Left Behind Act of 2002 (NCLB) puts an extreme amount of emphasis on students' performance on subject area tests. NCLB (2002) requires that at least 95% of the…
Descriptors: Reading Achievement, Standardized Tests, Achievement Tests, Student Evaluation
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Sencibaugh, Joseph M. – Reading Improvement, 2007
This paper examines research studies, which focus on interventions commonly used with students who are learning disabled and identifies effective methods that produce substantial benefits concerning reading comprehension. This paper synthesizes previous observation studies by conducting a meta-analysis of strategies used to improve the reading…
Descriptors: Educational Strategies, Learning Disabilities, Reading Comprehension, Meta Analysis
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Boon, Richard T.; Fore, Cecil, III; Rasheed, Saleem – Reading Improvement, 2007
The purpose of this study was to examine students' attitudes and perceptions toward the use of technology-based instruction (i.e., Inspiration 6.0 software) and a guided notes format as an instructional strategy in inclusive world history classrooms. Students' completed a six item 3 choice student satisfaction survey (agree, undecided, disagree)…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Disabilities, Computer Software, World History
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Brown, Clara Lee – Reading Improvement, 2007
Content area reading is extremely challenging for English language learners (ELLs). Although their English is not fully developed, they are faced with reading subject matter content in English that is typically written in academic language. Reading academic discourse is very challenging for ELLs because it is characterized with complex syntax,…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Teacher Role, Reading Comprehension, English (Second Language)
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Wilson, Janell D.; Casey, Linda H. – Reading Improvement, 2007
In an age where multi-media, such as video games and computer generated games, are consuming the lives of young adults, students are reading fewer novels and engaging less in recreational reading activities. Because of the ever-changing diverse student population teachers are searching for ways to be competitive motivators. Today, teachers need to…
Descriptors: Video Games, Recreational Reading, Middle School Students, High School Students
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Molden, Kellie – Reading Improvement, 2007
Critical literacy's synonym is analytical reading. When analytical skills are employed, there is a thorough investigation so that all components are taken into account. When a reader analyzes a piece of text or other media, he/she must look at all of its components, starting with why it was written, whom it includes and excludes, and…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Reading Improvement, Reading Processes, Reading Instruction
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Ediger, Marlow – Reading Improvement, 2007
The role of school administrators has become increasingly complex. State mandated testing has brought on a plethora of responsibilities. Pupils are tested in grades three through eight in reading and mathematics. If pupils fail to pass a test, they may be held back to repeat that grade level. An exit test is given in high school which needs to be…
Descriptors: Educational Improvement, Instructional Leadership, Administrator Responsibility, Principals
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Moore, Jenifer; Yin, Lishu; Weaver, Tandi; Lydell, Peggie; Logan, Suzette – Reading Improvement, 2007
The purpose of this study was to examine preschool caregivers' perceptions of the effect of gender on literacy skills. The five caregivers selected for the study were all female and full-time employees of the preschool. Case studies (including interviews, observations, and documentation) of each of the caregivers were conducted to examine their…
Descriptors: Reading Strategies, Caregivers, Emergent Literacy, Preschool Children
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Maslin, Pamela – Reading Improvement, 2007
Teaching students how to read is one of the most important tasks in elementary schools. The majority of schools use published basal programs to teach students to read. Several published reviews have indicated that past editions of basal readers did not align with appropriate instruction for beginning level readers. In this study I reviewed five of…
Descriptors: Readability, Phonics, Beginning Reading, Basal Reading
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