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Reading Fundamentals #1: An Introduction to Scientifically-based Research

EDUC 600




Instructor: Mick Jackson

Grading: Graded

Monday, August 25, 2014 - Friday, December 12, 2014

Instruction Mode: Internet-Asynchronous (Online Class)

Academic Level: K-12 Professional Development

NDSU Credit Fee: $235

Class Offered Through Virtual Education Software, inc.

Course Description:

An Introduction to Scientifically-Based Research, the first in a three-course series on effective reading instruction, was designed to give background on Reading First as it applies to the No Child Left Behind federal legislation. The course discusses the research that supports scientifically-based research as it applies to phonetically-based instruction, assessment, and evaluation. The course explores myths and misconceptions concerning reading instruction and remediation. It also presents an evaluation checklist designed to assess the effectiveness of your current reading program. The goal of the course is to present you with research, trustworthy evidence, and background information that support the need for a reading program that is based on scientific research and proven methods.

Note: Reading Fundamentals courses must be taken sequentially, however, it is not mandatory that all three courses be taken.

This computer-based instruction course is a self-supporting program that provides instruction, structured practice, and evaluation all on your home or school computer.  Technical support information can be found in the Help section of your course.


1.  Describe what is meant by critical thinking.

2.  Explain what science is and illustrate the six scientific principles.

3.  Explain the myths and misconceptions of science, and describe the ways in which we gain information.

4.  Describe the impact science has had on medicine, clinical psychology, and education.

5.  Illustrate the constraint levels in educational research.

6.  Describe the concepts of reliability and validity.

7.  Explain what is meant by variability, including the sources of variability.

8.  Describe the terms internal and external validity, and explain the threats to each.

9.  Illustrate the different research designs/methods (i.e., experimental, single-case, causal-comparative, correlational, and qualitative).

10.  Describe the importance of replications and illustrate the types of replications.

11.  Describe what is meant by the term research syntheses, and illustrate the National Reading Panel synthesis.

12.  Describe the evaluation instrument for Stage I review of reading programs.


Title: Reading Fundamentals #1: An Introduction to Scientifically-based Research

Authors: Ronald Martella, Ph.D.

About The Instructor

Mick Jackson
Mick Jackson MS/ED is an Intervention Specialist with a Master's Degree in Special Education, Behavioral Theory. Mr. Jackson has 15 years of combined experience in self-contained special education classrooms, resource rooms, and hospital day treatment in K-12 settings. He has developed and overseen mental health and intervention programs and directed staff in four states. Mr. Jackson has worked as a higher education adjunct faculty teaching distance courses in behavioral theory, Attention Deficit Disorder and reading remediation for the past 14 years. Currently his courses are being offered through distance education programs with over 70 colleges and universities nationwide.

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