Date of Award
Ed.D. in Education
Angela S. Rutherford
Despite the existing research regarding effective word-study interventions for struggling adolescent readers, various researchers propose a need for additional research on effective reading interventions to confirm and extend existing knowledge. The current study specifically investigates the impact of the overt/covert and outside-in word-study instructional intervention strategies on struggling adolescent readers’ fluency and comprehension measures. Paired samples t-tests revealed a significant difference in the pretest and posttest fluency scores of participants receiving either overt/covert or outside-in word-study strategy instruction. However, no significant difference occurred between participants’ pretest and posttest comprehension scores. Additionally, ANCOVA statistical analyses revealed no significant differences between the fluency and comprehension scores of participants receiving either overt/covert or outside-in word-study instructional interventions. Because participants’ fluency increased significantly after receiving nine weeks of either overt/covert or outside-in word-study instructional interventions, this study concludes that word-study strategy instruction has the potential to help build the fluency bridge that connects decoding and comprehension. With possibly more time and intervention, participants’ comprehension could also improve.
Weekley, Trenisha Weekley, "The Impact Of Word-Study Intervention Strategies On Students' Measures Of Reading Comprehension And Fluency" (2017). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 493.