The SAGE Handbook of Dyslexia is a comprehensive overview of a complex field. It is a rich, critical assessment of past and present theory and current research, which also looks to the future. The editors have brought together key figures from the international academic world - both researchers and practitioners - to examine the relationships between theoretical paradigms, research and practice, and to map new areas of research.

Reading Intervention Research: An Integrative Framework

Reading Intervention Research: An Integrative Framework

Reading intervention research: An integrative framework

This chapter

  • focuses on conceptual and methodological issues in reading intervention research;
  • discusses the way in which contextual variables can also influence the effectiveness of reading interventions; and
  • discusses the importance of recent studies of the neurobiological effects of successful reading interventions.


Reading intervention research refers to research on instructional approaches designed to either prevent or remediate reading difficulties (Torgesen, 2004). Prevention programmes typically focus on at-risk children with limited amounts of crucial reading-related knowledge, skills and experiences at school entry who often, but not always, come from low-income family backgrounds. Remedial programmes target students who are failing to make adequate progress in learning to read. Designing, executing and replicating intervention studies is a complicated ...

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