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Language Delays, Reading Delays, and Learning Difficulties: Interactive Elements Requiring Multidimensional Programming


Hay, I and Gordon, E and Fielding-Barnsley, RO and Homel, R and Freiberg, K, Language Delays, Reading Delays, and Learning Difficulties: Interactive Elements Requiring Multidimensional Programming, Journal of Learning Disabilities, 40, (5) pp. 400-409. ISSN 0022-2194 (2007) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1177/00222194070400050301


Researchers have hypothesized four levels of instructional dialogue and claimed that teachers can improve children's language development by incorporating these dialogue levels in their classrooms. It has also been hypothesized that enhancing children's early language development enhances children's later reading development. This quasi-experimental research study investigated both of these hypotheses using a collaborative service delivery model for Grade 1 children with language difficulties from a socially and economically disadvantaged urban community in Australia. Comparing the end-of-year reading achievement scores for the 57 children who received the language intervention with those of the 59 children in the comparison group, the findings from this research are supportive of both hypotheses. The interrelationships between learning difficulties, reading difficulties, and language difficulties are discussed along with children's development in vocabulary, use of memory strategies and verbal reasoning, and the need for multidimensional programming.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Specialist studies in education
Research Field:Special education and disability
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Teaching and curriculum
Objective Field:Teacher and instructor development
UTAS Author:Hay, I (Professor Ian Hay)
UTAS Author:Fielding-Barnsley, RO (Associate Professor Ruth Fielding-Barnsley)
ID Code:58366
Year Published:2007
Web of Science® Times Cited:25
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2009-09-30
Last Modified:2011-11-08
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