Authors: Wanzek J, Al Otaiba S, Petscher Y, Lemons CJ, Gesel SA, Fluhler S, Donegan RE, Rivas BK
Title: Comparing the effects of reading intervention versus reading and mindset intervention for upper elementary students with reading difficulties
Source: Journal of Learning Disabilities 2021 54(3): 203-220
Year: 2021
Research Design: Randomised Controlled Trial
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The primary purpose of this study was to examine the effects of providing mindset intervention in addition to reading intervention compared with only reading intervention for fourth graders with reading difficulties. Reading intervention was provided daily in 45 min sessions throughout the school year. Mindset intervention occurred in small groups for 24-30 min lessons. Multilevel structural equation modeling (SEM) via n-level SEM was used to account for the latent variable representation of constructs, and the complex nesting and cross-classification structure of the data. Students in the reading intervention plus mindset condition significantly outperformed the business as usual condition on nonword reading (d = 0.35) as did students in the reading intervention condition (d = 0.20), who also outperformed the business as usual condition on phonological processing (d = 0.28). There were no significant differences among students in the three conditions on nonword reading, word reading, phonological processing, reading comprehension, or growth mindset. Initial reading achievement, mindset, and problem behavior did not generally moderate these findings.

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