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Title: Enhancing Learning of Expository Science Texts in a Remedial Reading Classroom via iSTART
Authors: Taylor, Roger
O'Reilly, Tenaha
Sinclair, Grant
McNamara, Danielle
Issue Date: Jun-2006
Publisher: International Society of the Learning Sciences
Citation: Taylor, R., O'Reilly, T., Sinclair, G., & McNamara, D. (2006). Enhancing Learning of Expository Science Texts in a Remedial Reading Classroom via iSTART. In Barab, S. A., Hay, K. E., & Hickey, D. T. (Eds.), The International Conference of the Learning Sciences: Indiana University 2006. Proceedings of ICLS 2006, Volume 2 (pp. 765-770). Bloomington, Indiana, USA: International Society of the Learning Sciences.
Abstract: Scientific literacy is a critical skill that requires the ability to deeply comprehend challenging scientific concepts. This research investigated the effectiveness of extended classroom practice with an automated reading strategy training program (iSTART) that is designed to enhance the comprehension of expository science text. Twelve 9th grade students, enrolled in a high school remedial reading program, were trained with the iSTART program. They were compared to a control group of twelve other 9th grade students, who were comparable in reading ability but who did not receive such training. There were no significant pretest-posttest differences between the groups on comprehension questions that could be answered from a single sentence within a passage. However, the iSTART training group performed significantly better than those in the control group on bridging inference questions, which require the generation of inferences between two or more sentences within a passage.
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