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Literacy Meta-Analyses

The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB) (P.L. 107-110) emphasizes the development of literacy. School personnel are required to demonstrate that all students are reading at or above grade level by the end of the 3rd grade, and that they continue to make adequate yearly progress in following years.

NCLB supports reading instruction based upon "Scientifically-Based Research." The problem for administrators, educators, and families who work or live with students who are deaf, hard of hearing, blind, visually impaired, deafblind, or who have significant support needs is the paucity of "Scientifically-Based Literacy Research" available to establish research-based methods of instruction. Unlike the other areas of special education, often referred to as high-incidence disabilities (e.g., learning disabilities, emotional and behavior disorders, mental retardation) or general education, the area of low-incidence disabilities does not have a large body of empirically-based, experimental research from which to draw to establish research-based methods for ensuring that every child becomes a literate adult.

The purpose of this project is to improve the literacy educational outcomes for students who are deaf or hard of hearing, blind or visually impaired, deafblind, or who have significant support needs. To do so NCSSD will complete, (a) an exhaustive review of the literature, (b) a meta-analysis of literacy research for each area, and (c) an implications for practice report that will be disseminated to administrators and educators via the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) and the National Center on Severe and Sensory Disabilities (NCSSD) websites. In addition, it will also be used for training pre-service as well as staff development for professionals in the special education field.

To learn more about this project, contact John Luckner at john.luckner@unco.edu

 

Literacy Research in Deaf Education

NCLID recently completed a review of 40 years of literacy research in the field of deaf education. The report is available in Word or PDF format.

The full article can also be reviewed at:

Literacy Research in Severe disabilities

NCLID recently completed a review of 40 years of literacy research in the field of severe disabilities. The report is available in Word or PDF

The citation for this report is:

Literacy Research in Visual Disabilities

NCSSD completed a review of 40 years of literacy research in visual disabilities, too!  The report is available in Word or PDF formats.  This report has two appendices:

Appendix A is the review form used for qualifying articles in the analysis (DIAD)
Appendix B is the complete list of the articles reviewed.

Please note that this manuscript is currently under review, and we would appreciate your NOT quoting the material until the review is complete.

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