Title page for ETD etd-0708102-155615

Type of Document Dissertation
Author Lachney, Randy Paul
Author's Email Address rlachn1@lsu.edu
URN etd-0708102-155615
Title Adult-Mediated Reading Instruction for Third through Fifth Grade Children with Reading Difficulties
Degree Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
Department Curriculum and Instruction
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Jill H. Allor Committee Co-Chair
R. Kenton Denny Committee Co-Chair
Earl Cheek Committee Member
Teresa Buchanan Committee Member
Nathan Gottfiried Dean's Representative
  • adult-mediated reading
  • learning disabilities
  • at-risk readers
Date of Defense 2002-07-01
Availability unrestricted
This dissertation examined the efficacy of using minimally trained college undergraduates to tutor third- through fifth-grade students with reading difficulties. Tutors receiving four hours of training in scripted reading program based on the principles of Direct Instruction and emphasizing explicit instruction in phonological awareness and decoding. Thirty-six students from two elementary schools in a large southeastern city in the United States were selected and randomly assigned to treatment (tutoring) or contrast (non-tutoring) conditions. Treatment students received an average of fourteen and a half hours of tutoring over a twelve-week period. Data indicated that university students with minimal training successfully implemented the scripted tutoring package with experimenter feedback. Although, significant differences were only found for word identification, the treatment students out gained the contrast students on all measures. Effect sizes were moderate to strong. In addition, separate data for regular and special education students indicated statistically significant differences on two measures on two measures of fluency (correct words per minute read) for regular education treatment students over regular education control students. The efficacy of using minimally trained adult tutors to supplement classroom reading instruction for students with reading difficulties is also discussed.
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