Document Type


Session Format

Graduate Research Poster (pre-recorded oral presentation | virtual)



Publication Date

Summer 7-15-2024

Faculty Advisor

Dr. Kim Musaweck

Start Date

27-3-2024 9:00 AM

End Date

27-3-2024 5:00 PM


Examining the Efficacy of Direct Reading Instruction in Improving Reading Comprehension Skills Among Struggling Secondary Readers

This researcher in this study researched the effectiveness of direct reading instruction in improving comprehension skills among struggling secondary readers. There are many students on a secondary level that is unable to read on grade level. As a result, educators have been tasked with closing large gaps in a short period of time. This study used a mixed method research design, to determine the effectiveness of direct reading instruction for struggling readers and their perceptions regarding the implemented reading intervention. The following questions were the origin of this study: What are the effects of the direct reading instruction on measured reading comprehension with struggling readers? What are students’ perceptions regarding the efficacy of direct reading instruction on reading comprehension? Quantitative data was an assessment of students reading comprehension skills and the qualitative approach of student perception of the intervention. Quantitative was collected via a pre and post assessment via the Read 180 application. The pre assessment took place before the direct instruction was given, so that the researcher would have data showing students deficits. The post assessment occurred after the instruction and interventions were administered, as a result the research would have data to support or not to support the direct reading instruction. Close reading was the main direct instruction used, and participants received various assignments that were directly related to deficits. Qualitative data was gathered from individual interviews with each participant. The researcher hopes that the results will reflect an improvement in student reading comprehension lexile.



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