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Educational Investment, Family Context, and Children's Math ...
To assess whether the deliberate cultivation by parents of cognition and social skills plays a role in children’s math and reading achievement, and subsequent growth.
Issue/Topic: P-3 Grades 1-3; Parent/Family; Reading/Literacy
Author(s): Cheadle, Jacob
Publication: Sociology of Education
Season: Winter 2008
Findings/Results:

This study uses Lareau’s term “concerted cultivation” to describe a composite measure of parenting that includes:

  • Child participation in adult-orchestrated leisure activities (e.g., clubs, sports, art classes, music)
2008-12-01T00:00:00
What Works to Improve Student Literacy Achievement? An Exami...
To describe literacy instruction in San Diego and to determine which specific practices, if any, were associated with increased student achievement.
Issue/Topic: Reading/Literacy
Author(s): O'Day, Jennifer; Gubbins, Paul; Socias, Miguel; Bitter, Catherine
Organization(s): American Institutes for Research
Publication: Journal of Education for Students Placed at Risk
Published On: 2009
Findings/Results:

Researchers analyzed classroom instruction data, to determine the extent to which classroom literacy instruction was consistent with the instructional approach that San Diego hypothesized as effective.

  • Reading was, by far, the...
2009-01-01T00:00:00
Relation Between the Type and Amount of Instruction and Grow...
To consider the longer term efficacy of two instructional approaches, phonics and integrated language arts, and to investigate the relation between classroom instructional practices and children’s reading skills from kindergarten through fifth grade.
Issue/Topic: Reading/Literacy
Author(s): Benson, Amy; Sonnenschein, Susan; Stapleton, Laura
Organization(s): University of Maryland Baltimore County
Publication: American Educational Research Journal
Published On: 11/20/2009
Findings/Results:

Children’s entry-level skills, ethnicity and parents’ education level were predictors of children’s reading scores at the end of kindergarten. To a lesser extent, type and amount of reading instruction predicted children’s reading scores...

2009-11-20T00:00:00
Socioeconomic Status, English Proficiency, and Late-Emerging...
To investigate the prevalence of “late-emerging” reading difficulties among ELLs and native English speakers from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds.
Issue/Topic: English Language Learner/Bilingual; Reading/Literacy
Author(s): Kieffer, Michael
Organization(s): Teachers College, Columbia University
Publication: American Educational Research Journal
Published On: 2010
Findings/Results:

A substantial proportion of students who succeed in learning to read in the primary grades go on to encounter difficulties after third grade. Students for whom English is not their first language and those from low-income backgrounds dis...

2010-01-01T00:00:00
Linking Reading Coaches and Student Achievement: Evidence Fr...
To evaluate whether funding the position of reading coach in a middle school is associated with school-level improvements in average annual achievement growth in reading and mathematics
Issue/Topic: Reading/Literacy
Author(s): Lockwood, J.R.; McCombs, Jennifer; Marsh, Julie
Organization(s): Rand Corporation
Publication: Educational Evaluation & Policy Analysis
Published On: 2010
Findings/Results: School-based literacy (or reading) coaches are defined in the study as specially trained master teachers who provide leadership for a school's literacy program and offer on-site and ongoing support for teachers so they can improve the liter...
2010-01-01T00:00:00
Technical Adequacy and Cost Benefit of Four Measures of Earl...
To evaluate the technical adequacy and information/cost return of computerized adaptive test assessments and several established assessments used in early reading programs.
Issue/Topic: P-3; Assessment--Computer Based; Reading/Literacy
Author(s): Milone, Michael; Ysseldyke, Jim; Stickney, Eric; McBride, James
Organization(s): University of Minnesota; Renaissance Learning, Inc.; Academic Therapy Publications
Publication: Canadian Journal of School Psychology
Published On: 2010
Findings/Results:

In terms of the amount of information per unit of test administration time or teachers' time, computerized adaptive tests in general, and STAR Early Literacy in particular (a computerized adaptive test of early literacy skills), are attr...

2010-01-01T00:00:00
Vocabulary Skills of Spanish-English Bilinguals: Impact of M...
To explore whether demographic and exposure predictors and mother-child interaction predict child vocabulary outcomes, both in Spanish and English. Also, to discover whether these patterns in one language are associated with parallel skills in another language.
Issue/Topic: English Language Learner/Bilingual
Author(s): Snow, Catherine; Zhao, Jing; Quiroz, Blanca
Organization(s): Texas A&M University; Harvard University Graduate School of Education
Publication: International Journal of Bilingualism
Published On: 2010
Findings/Results:

Features of the Latino families' home language use and literacy explained their children's vocabulary outcomes.

  1. Certain kinds of adult-child interactions can have a positive influence on the general cognitive skills un...
2010-01-01T00:00:00
How Effective Are Family Literacy Programs? : Results of a M...
To examine the effects of family literacy programs on children's literacy development
Issue/Topic: P-3 Parent Engagement; Reading/Literacy
Author(s): Herrpich, Stephanie; Kurvers, Jeanne; McElvany, Nele; van Steensel, Roel
Organization(s): Technische Universitat Dortmund; University of Amsterdam; University of Kiel; Tilburg University
Publication: Review of Educational Research
Published On: 2011
Findings/Results:

This study focuses on a specific category of family literacy programs, those that target children's literacy development directly by providing stimulating parent-child activities to be carried out at home and by training parents to trans...

2011-01-01T00:00:00
The Relation of Morphological Awareness and Syntactic Awaren...
To examine whether the relation of morphological awareness or syntactic awareness to reading comprehension is mediated by vocabulary knowledge
Issue/Topic: Adult Basic Education; Reading/Literacy
Author(s): Roehrig, Alysia; Williams, Rihana; Guo, Ying
Organization(s): The Ohio State University; Emmanuel College; Florida State University
Publication: Journal of Literacy Research
Published On: 2011
Findings/Results:

1. Morphological awareness affects reading comprehension directly.

  • After age was controlled, morphological awareness directly and significantly predicted reading comprehension. This finding is in accordance with the view that ...
2011-01-01T00:00:00
Children's Attendance Rates and Quality of Teacher-Child Int...
To contribute to the limited research base concerning children's daily attendance rates in preschool classrooms by determining whether daily attendance in classrooms with high-quality teacher-child interactions is associated with increased rates of language growth among children from lower socioeconomic status homes.
Issue/Topic: P-3 Preschool; Attendance
Publication: Child & Youth Care Forum
Published On: 4/6/2011
Findings/Results:

-Greater attendance was associated with larger language gains for children enrolled in higher quality classrooms.

-The positive relations found between attendance and language gains were strongest for higher quality classrooms as c...

2011-04-06T00:00:00
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