Authors: Vadasy PF, Sanders EA, Peyton JA
Title: Paraeducator-Supplemented Instruction in Structural Analysis with Text Reading Practice for Second and Third Graders at Risk for Reading Problems
Source: Remedial and Special Education 2006 27(6): 365-378
Year: 2006
Research Design: Randomised Controlled Trial
Rating Score: 03/10
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Eligibility specified - Y
Random allocation - Y
Concealed allocation - N
Baseline comparability - N
Blind subjects - N
Blind therapists - N
Blind assessors - N
Adequate follow-up - N
Intention-to-treat analysis - N
Between-group comparisons - Y
Point estimates and variability - Y

Two studies--one quasi-experimental and one randomized experiment--were designed to evaluate the effectiveness of supplemental instruction in structural analysis and oral reading practice for second- and third-grade students with below-average word reading skills. Individual instruction was provided by trained paraeducators in single- and multiletter phoneme-grapheme correspondences; structural analysis of inflected, affixed, and multi-syllable words; exception word reading; and scaffolded oral reading practice. Both studies revealed short-term word level and fluency effects.

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