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Which Reading Lesson Instruction Characteristics Matter for Early Reading Achievement?

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Five reading lesson instruction characteristics were examined in relation to first and second graders' end-of-year instructional reading level: (a) teacher's preferred interaction style (indicated by extent of teacher telling and coaching); (b) teacher's preferred grouping (indicated by extent of whole class and small group instruction); (c) teacher's preferred focus of reading activity (indicated by extent of focus on words/letters and comprehension); (d) degree of student active response; and (e) instruction material (indicated by extent of use of narrative text and worksheets). Sixteen first- and second-grade teachers and 166 of their students were observed during reading instruction three times across the school year. Analyses of covariance were conducted. Complex relationships heretofore not revealed appeared. Different patterns of relationships between instructional characteristics and instructional reading level emerged for higher achievers compared to lower achievers and for first compared to second grade.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina, USA 2: The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA 3: Literacy Consultant, Clemmons, North Carolina, USA

Publication date: March 1, 2009

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