Case studies of three teachers: a description and analysis of their planned adaptations in response to the results of an informal reading inventory.

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Erika S. Gray (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Francine Johnston

Abstract: The purpose of this study was to identify the planned adaptations of three upper-grades elementary teachers after participating in professional development on how to administer and analyze an Informal Reading Inventory (IRI). The rationale behind this study is that lower grade teachers throughout the state use formative assessments to identify their students' strengths and weaknesses in reading. However, upper-grades teachers are neither required and are rarely offered professional development on how to use such assessments to inform instruction. Little research has explored how upper-grades elementary teachers adapt their instruction after receiving professional development on administering and analyzing a formative assessment. The research question that guided this study was: After administering and analyzing an Informal Reading Inventory, what instructional adaptations, which are stimulated by IRI results, are made by three upper-elementary teachers? During this study teachers administered an IRI in September and December. The participants' literacy instruction was observed for two consecutive days each month. Following these observations, teachers were interviewed to identify how they had adapted their instruction after analyzing their students' IRI results. Participants reported more adaptations during the first month of the study, September, immediately following the first administration of the IRI. Participants' adaptations also increased after the second administration in January. However, during the two months between the IRI administrations, participants reported that their planned adaptations were increasingly based on their everyday observations of their students' reading.

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Language: English
Date: 2009
Informal Reading Inventory, Teacher Adapations
Reading (Elementary) $x Ability testing.
Elementary School Teaching.
Effective teaching.

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