Ashford Assessing Evidence Based Reading Practices Paper

Assignment: Assessing Specialized Instructional Strategies for Teaching

Evidence-based reading practices can be adapted to work at any level and in any content area for students with a range of diverse exceptionalities. Instructional strategies, even those in basal readers and text, are often not based on the most current reading research. As a result, it is the responsibility of the classroom teacher and special education leader to study and assess whether a strategy is evidence-based.

For this Assignment, you will explore topics in literacy/reading in depth, shared in the articles selected. Based on your area of literacy interest, you will have the opportunity to select two evidence-based literacy/reading practices appropriate for the age, grade, and disability level chosen and provide an analysis of each.

To prepare:

·Review the module’s Learning Resources.

·Select a topic area of literacy to explore—for example, one of the domains in the National Reading Panel’s (NRP’s) Big 5. 

·Select an age range and disability level (mild, moderate, or severe) to focus on for the literacy topic.

·Select two peer-reviewed articles for the disability level you selected that provide an evidence-based literacy/reading strategy. Note: Each article should be authored by a different researcher(s).

Submit a 4- to 6-page paper addressing the following:

·Provide an analysis of each study that explains:

oAn overview of each study and the interventions implemented. Has research been conducted to evaluate the strategy?

oEach study’s findings and whether each has “strong” evidence of the effectiveness of the interventions. What are the specific benefits and limitations of using this strategy? Be specific about the elements of the research that offer support for the intervention’s evidence base and include references to the evidence base.

·Compare the selected studies in terms of the interventions researched. Explain how the interventions tested were both similar and different.

·Explain whether the studies acknowledge and/or explain limitations or gaps in research.

·As a special education leader, explain whether the articles improve your understanding of specialized reading instruction for students with exceptionalities. Be sure to explain the contribution each study makes to the field of Special Education and how it will specifically contribute to your own school population and/or community.