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Journal of Educational Research publishes new article by Dean Ray Reutzel, USU colleagues

Congratulations to Dean Ray Reutzel on the recent online publication of a new article in The Journal of Educational Research.

Reutzel is co-author of the article with three former Utah State University School of Teacher Education and Leadership colleagues: Cindy D. Jones, Sarah K. Clark, and Tamara Kumar. Titled "The Informational Text Structure Survey (ITS2): An exploration of primary grade teachers' sensitivity to text structure in young children's informational texts," the work was released online on Jan. 29. It will appear in the hard-copy version of the publication later this spring.

The article's abstract:

There has been no research reported about if or how well primary grade teachers can identify information text structures in children's authentic informational texts. The ability to do so accurately and reliably is a prerequisite for teachers to be able to teach students how to recognize and use text structures to assist them in comprehending informational texts. The authors report the development of the Informational Text Structure Survey (ITS2). Prior to training, primary grade teachers demonstrated low accuracy and reliability in identifying traditional expository text structures in well-structured children's grade level–appropriate informational texts. Results after training with the ITS2 instrument showed significant improvements in the teachers’ accuracy and reliability in identifying traditional informational text structures in well-structured children's grade level–appropriate informational texts after training with the ITS2 instrument.

Reutzel co-authors new article

Reutzel article

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