Title

Reading Comprehension Interventions for Middle School Students With Learning Disabilities: A Synthesis of 30 Years of Research

Document Type

Article

Journal/Book Title/Conference

Journal of Learning Disabilities

Volume

45

Issue

4

Publisher

Sage Journals

Publication Date

4-13-2011

First Page

327

Last Page

340

DOI

10.1177/0022219411402691

Abstract

The authors conducted a synthesis of studies of reading comprehension interventions for middle school students (Grades 6–8) identified with a learning disability. They identified 12 studies between 1979 and 2009 with treatment and comparison designs and 2 single-participant studies. Findings from the studies indicate large effect sizes for researcher-developed comprehension measures. Few studies (n = 4) reported standardized measures of reading comprehension, which indicated medium effect sizes. The majority of study treatments (n = 13) utilized strategy instruction related to main idea or summarization.