Al_Otaiba-McMaster-2021

Authors: Stephanie Al Otaiba, Kristen McMaster, Jeanne Wanzek, Mai W. Zaru.

Article: What We Know and Need to Know about Literacy Interventions for Elementary Students with Reading Difficulties and Disabilities, including Dyslexia.

Publication: Reading Research Quarterly (International Literacy Association). First published: 12 January 2022 2021 | DOI: 10.1002/rrq.458

Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to describe what we know and what we still need to learn about literacy intervention for children who experience significant difficulties learning to read. We reviewed 14 meta-analyses and systematic reviews of experimental and quasi-experimental studies published in the last decade that examined the effects of reading and writing interventions in the elementary grades, including research focused on students with reading difficulties and disabilities, including dyslexia. We attended to moderator analyses, when available, to further refine what we know and need to learn about interventions. Findings from these reviews indicate that explicit and systematic interventions focusing on the code and meaning dimensions of reading and writing, and delivered one-to-one or in small groups, are likely to improve foundational code-based reading skills, and to a lesser extent, meaning-based skills, across elementary grade levels. Findings, at least in the upper elementary grades, indicate that some intervention features including standardized protocols, multiple components, and longer duration can yield stronger effects. And, integrating reading and writing interventions shows promise. We still need to learn more about specific instructional routines and components that provide more robust effects on students’ ability to comprehend and individual differences in response to interventions. We discuss limitations of this review of reviews and suggest directions for future research to optimize implementation, particularly to understand for whom and under what conditions literacy interventions work best.

Tagged as: literacy intervention, reading comprehension, special education, and word meaning

Citation:

Al Otaiba, S., McMaster, K., Wanzek, J., & Zaru, M.W. (2021). What We Know and Need to Know about Literacy Interventions for Elementary Students with Reading Difficulties and Disabilities, including Dyslexia. Read Res Q, 00( 00), 1– 20. https://doi.org/10.1002/rrq.458

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