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Children's Engagement in Different Classroom Activities
Mälardalen University, Department of Social Sciences.
Mälardalen University, Department of Social Sciences.
2006 (English)In: European Journal of Special Needs Education, ISSN 0885-6257, Vol. 21, no 3, p. 285-300Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

A multiple case study is reported aiming at identifying the degree of taking part and of being engaged in classroom activities for children with and without reading and writing difficulties/dyslexia. The aim was also to investigate the accordance between 'effective literacy teaching' and children'sexpressed interest and observed taking part and engagement in different kinds of activities. The study is exploratory and the generalizability of the results limited. Three observations each were made of five children with reading and writing difficulties/ dyslexia and five comparison children; the observations concerned accessibility, taking part in and engagement with two types of classroom activities, namely basic skills training and practice of higher-level language skills as a means of thinking at a higher level. The results are presented in relation to quality criteria for teachers' effective literacy teaching. Results found that the instruction was concerned more with the practice of basic skills in reading and writing than practice of the language as a means of thinking at a higher level for all children, and the children with reading and writing difficulties were less engaged in reading and writing skills training than the comparison children, but took part equally well in activities focused on practice of the language at a higher level. Most of the teachers had lower expectations regarding those children with reading and writing difficulties than childrenwithout reading and writing difficulties. The results are discussed in relation to the goals in the subject Swedish.

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2006. Vol. 21, no 3, p. 285-300
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Pedagogy
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-3323DOI: 10.1080/08856250600810724Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-33745898796OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mdh-3323DiVA, id: diva2:115987
Available from: 2007-04-13 Created: 2007-04-13 Last updated: 2015-07-07Bibliographically approved

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