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

EDUC 600




Instructor: Mick R. Jackson MS/ED

Grading: Graded

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

Academic Level: K-12 Professional Development

NDSU Credit Fee: $100 + Course Fee: $125

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.

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