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Harmon, Janis; Martinez, Miriam; Juarez, Lucinda; Wood, Karen; Simmerson, Lisa; Terrazas, Christopher – Reading Psychology, 2019
Given that much of the research on classroom libraries focus on elementary school classrooms, this study sought to examine classroom libraries at the middle school level. Access to books is especially important for middle school students given the persistent decline in reading engagement at this level. The research questions guiding this…
Descriptors: Instructional Materials, Classrooms, Libraries, Middle Schools
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Harmon, Janis; Antuna, Marcos; Juarez, Lucinda; Wood, Karen D.; Vintinner, Jean – Reading Psychology, 2018
This qualitative study focused on high school social studies teachers' understandings of and perspectives about vocabulary acquisition and instruction. The research questions were the following: (1) What do high school social studies teachers understand about vocabulary instruction? and (2) How do high school social studies teachers support…
Descriptors: Qualitative Research, High School Students, Social Studies, Secondary School Teachers
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Bippert, Kelli; Harmon, Janis – Reading Psychology, 2017
Middle schools often turn to computer-assisted reading intervention programs to improve student reading. The questions guiding this study are (a) in what ways are computer-assisted reading intervention programs utilized, and (b) what are teachers' perceptions about these intervention programs? Nineteen secondary reading teachers were interviewed…
Descriptors: Middle School Teachers, Computer Assisted Instruction, Reading Programs, Intervention
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Harmon, Janis; Wood, Karen; Smith, Kassandra; Zakaria, Nauff; Ramadan, Kimberly; Sykes, Melissa – Reading Psychology, 2016
This qualitative study investigated high school reading programs and participants focusing on the insider perspectives of teachers and their students. The study occurred in two sites, one in a Southern state and the other in an Eastern state. The participants, five high school reading teachers and two to three students in each of their reading…
Descriptors: High School Students, Reading Programs, Reading Instruction, Qualitative Research
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Harmon, Janis; Hedrick, Wanda; Wood, Karen; Gress, Michelle – Reading Psychology an international quarterly, 2005
This study investigated students' decision-making as they self-selected important words from expository texts. Participants were 94 eighth graders and six adult readers. Data sources included students' written responses containing their word selections and reasons for selecting words from eight informational passages, student interviews, and word…
Descriptors: Grade 8, Reading Ability, Reading Strategies