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Jones, Cindy D.; Reutzel, D. Ray – Reading Psychology, 2012
This article describes a 2-year exploratory research study of alphabet knowledge instruction in 13 kindergarten classrooms in four at-risk urban schools. Based on insights for teaching from five evidence-based advantages that influence acquisition of letter names and sounds, instruction of letter names and sounds was enhanced to increase students'…
Descriptors: Kindergarten, Discovery Learning, Reading Research, Longitudinal Studies
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Fawson, Parker C.; Reutzel, D. Ray; Read, Sylvia; Smith, John A.; Moore, Sharon A. – Reading Psychology, 2009
The purpose of this study was to examine the impact of four incentive paths on third graders' reading vocabulary and comprehension achievement and recreational and academic reading attitude. One hundred and twenty third-grade students were assigned to one of four incentive path treatment conditions. Data were analyzed using analysis of covariance…
Descriptors: Reading Attitudes, Context Effect, Intention, Recreational Reading
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Reutzel, D. Ray; Fawson, Parker C.; Young, Janet R.; Morrison, Timothy G.; Wilcox, Brad – Reading Psychology, 2003
Examines how concepts-about-print knowledge interacted with other traditional measures of print knowledge, to affect children's reading environmental print in context and out. Demonstrates that concepts-about-print and word recognition were the most reliable discriminators between children who could accurately and consistently read environmental…
Descriptors: Primary Education, Reading Instruction, Reading Research, Student Attitudes
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Reutzel, D. Ray; Gali, Kari – Reading Psychology, 1998
Finds a generalizable pattern that is learned and followed by most children when they select books. Suggests that refinements and elaborations are best demonstrated by "outlier" behaviors atypical to the basic book-selection routine. Shows children typically select books based upon the physical characteristics of the book and a holistic,…
Descriptors: Child Behavior, Childhood Attitudes, Elementary Education, Reading Interests
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Reutzel, D. Ray; Gali, Kari – Reading Psychology, 1997
Demonstrates that when children select library books, there is a generalizable routine or pattern learned and followed by most children--refinements or elaborations on that routine, however, are best demonstrated by "outlier" behaviors atypical to the basic routine. Shows that children typically select books based upon the book's…
Descriptors: Childhood Attitudes, Childrens Literature, Elementary Education, Participant Observation
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Martin, Linda E.; Reutzel, D. Ray – Reading Psychology, 1996
Analyzes why mothers make metacognitive decisions affecting how they scaffold books for children, interviewing them while they watched a videotape of booksharing events with children. Indicates that mothers, regardless of children's ages, made specific strategic metacognitive decisions about how text was best shared with their children. Concludes…
Descriptors: Analysis of Variance, Child Development, Metacognition, Parent Child Relationship
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Reutzel, D. Ray; Morgan, Bonnie C. – Reading Psychology, 1990
Investigates effects of prior knowledge, explicitness, and clause order on fifth and sixth grade readers' ability to infer causal cohesive ties in expository text. Finds significant effects for prior knowledge for fifth and sixth grade students on all variables except the cohesion cloze task. (SG)
Descriptors: Cloze Procedure, Cohesion (Written Composition), Content Area Reading, Elementary Education
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Reutzel, D. Ray; Daines, Delva – Reading Psychology, 1987
Indicates that each instructional unit was composed of several mini-lessons rather than representing an integrated and related unit organized around a central purpose. Finds that lesson parts failed to make logical connections to previous or following parts. Concludes that the nature of reading lessons could be a contributing factor to the…
Descriptors: Basal Reading, Coherence, Connected Discourse, Elementary Education