Monday, December 31, 2012
Positive impacts of Pacific CHILD on reading comprehension and on teachers’ instructional practices
This study examines the impact of the Pacific Communities with High Performance in Literacy Development (Pacific CHILD) professional development program on student achievement in reading comprehension and on teacher pedagogical knowledge and instructional practice in English language arts classes.
Pacific CHILD is a two-year professional development program that trains fourth and fifth grade teachers in research-based reading comprehension strategies and instructional practices for enhancing student reading comprehension.
The study used a randomized design and involved 45 elementary schools across three entities in the Pacific region.
The study found positive impacts of Pacific CHILD on reading comprehension and on teachers’ instructional practices and knowledge of theories and strategies related to effective reading instruction.