What Research Has to Say About Reading Instruction
Research on Reading/Learning Disability Interventions
Richard L. Allington
The author points out that definitions of “reading disability” and “learning disability” are remarkably inconsistent and, in the United States, have shifted significantly over the years, largely due to political considerations. Despite the ambiguities in definitions, however, there is research on interventions that may prove effective with children who, for a variety of reasons, struggle to learn to read. The chapter summarizes research on preventive designs, acceleration designs, and more systemic, longer term approaches, concluding that a reconceptualizing of reading/learning disability is needed to achieve the desired goal of improved reading achievement for all children.
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Allington, R.L. (2002).
Research on Reading/Learning Disability Interventions.
In A.E. Farstrup, & S. Samuels (Eds.), What Research Has to Say About Reading Instruction (pp. 261-290). Newark, DE: International Reading Association.