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Branwhite, A.
This study examined the effectiveness of DISTAR Reading on the reading achievement of 14 elementary remedial students (12 boys, 2 girls) in the United Kingdom. The students were divided into two groups with each group receiving instruction with DISTAR Reading at separate phases. Group 1 received instruction with DISTAR Reading during both phases. Group 2 received instruction with an alternative remedial program during phase one and DISTAR Reading during phase two. Schonell’s graded word reading test was administered for pre- and posttest measures. Results from phase one indicate that students in the DISTAR only group recorded significantly greater scores than students in the Remedial/DISTAR group. Both interventions exceeded predicted growth of 12 months gain during 12 months of instruction. Results from phase 2 indicate that DISTAR only students’ growth decreased by 2.63 months per 12 months from their rate of progress in phase one. Students in the Remedial/DISTAR group nearly doubled their progress during phase two. On average, students in the Remedial/DISTAR group read 30.5 correct words per minute with three errors per minute while students in the DISTAR only group read 67.5 correct words per minute with four errors per minute. (Copyright © 2011, National Institute for Direct Instruction (NIFDI). All rights reserved).
Research areas:
Main publication type:
Program Effectiveness
DISTAR Reading; remedial students; Schonell'; s graded word reading test
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Design type:
Pretest posttest control group design with matched comparisons
Fidelity monitored:
Students included:
Elementary students, low-SES students, remedial students, at-risk students, students with learning disabilities
United Kingdom, Britain, elementary school, urban area
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