Tuesday, 12 January 2016

Research Paper About Effectiveness of Reading Recovery Type Programme in Small Group.

Some interesting holiday reading I came across.

Here is the link to the Thesis from the Massey University Website.
Reading recovery as a small group intervention :

Below is the abstract copied from the study which gives a brief summary.

Abstract A small scale pilot study and a larger experimental study were undertaken to determine whether the Reading Recovery procedures could be successfully adapted for small group instruction. The purpose of the pilot study was to determine effective ways of working and to make recommended changes, if necessary, to the standard Reading Recovery lesson format. The experimental study was designed to see if these modifications would be as effective as the standard one to one Reading Recovery program. Both studies involved a high percentage of children for whom English was a second or third language. Pilot study teachers, working with either two or three children, devised ways of working with children reading at the same instructional level and with children working at different instructional levels. The experimental study involved seventy five children. Fifty of these children were taught in a pair situation and twenty five were taught one to one. A wide battery of tests including the Observation Survey (Clay 1993), a word reading test and tests of phonological processing ability was administered to all children prior to commencing the program, at the end of their program, and at year end. The results from both studies suggest that one to one Reading Recovery can be successfully modified for small group instruction, the preferred group size being two. Results from both studies indicated that by investing at most 27% more instructional time, the teachers could service 100% more children. - See more at: http://mro.massey.ac.nz/handle/10179/2575#sthash.o1j9MUQ2.dpuf


An interesting article that is common sense really but useful to remind ourselves about the difficulties some of our children have staying focussed and motivated. It introduces the idea of purposefully building in strategies to practise self-control.

Research-based Strategies to Help Children Develop Self-Control