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EDRD 3302: Reading Skills in the Elementary School

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Key Concepts

Some concepts to research in conjunction with struggling readers:

  • Portfolios
  • Brain based learning strategies
  • Listening skills or listening capacity levels
  • Dyslexia
  • Teaching strategies

Developing Keywords

Search with synonyms and related words.

  • In addition to readers, also search on reading.
  • In addition to struggling, search on difficulty, disability, disabilities, ability, comprehension, etc.

Truncate terms for variant endings.

  • Use an asterisk (*) in most databases.
  • read* will find readers, reading, and read.
  • struggl* will find struggling and struggle.
  • disabilit* will find disabilities and disability.
  • Our catalog uses ? to truncate; a few databases may use other symbols

Quotation marks keep phrases together.

  • Searching in ERIC for struggling readers finds all 911 results that include readers and include struggling.
  • Searching for "struggling readers" finds only the 646 results with that exact phrase.

Subject terms can focus results.

  • ERIC: Drop-down field on Advanced Search.
  • ERIC: "Refine Results" Subject section to the left of search results
  • ERIC: Thesaurus

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