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Improving secondary school students’ text-learning strategies and performance through a strategy-focused program : a multilevel study

Amelie Rogiers (UGent) , Hilde Van Keer (UGent) and Emmelien Merchie (UGent)
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The ability to learn informative texts effectively is becoming increasingly important in secondary education. At this point, textbooks across different curriculum subjects are asking for the effective use of text-learning strategies. Text-learning strategies refer to the variety of activities students apply whilst processing (i.e. selecting, organising, condensing, and retaining) text information (Vermunt & Vermetten, 2004). Particularly the ability to use a variety of text-learning strategies has shown to play a pivotal role in students' learning and performance (Alexander, 2005). Unfortunately, research shows that in today’s classrooms few teachers equip their students with such a repertoire, as the teaching of text-learning strategies is difficult and challenging (Weinstein et al., 2011). Therefore, this study focusses on the impact of an explicit strategy-instruction program to foster first-grade secondary school students’ text-learning strategy use and performance. A large-scale experiment with a switching replication design (with two groups and three measurement occasions) was set up, in which 689 students followed an eight-lesson teacher-delivered strategy program. At the three measurement occasions, students’ text-learning strategy use was assessed by a learning task and a task-specific self-report inventory. Their performance was measured using a cued recall test. Multilevel piecewise growth analysis was used to examine the evolution in students’ strategy use and performance. The results show that both students’ text-learning strategy use and learning performance improved significantly after receiving the intervention. Moreover, this improvement was maintained two months after the intervention, demonstrating that a strategy-focused teaching program is a promising approach to improve secondary school students' text-learning.
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Adolescent Reading, Expository text, Growth Modeling, Strategy Instruction, Learning

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Rogiers, Amelie, et al. “Improving Secondary School Students’ Text-Learning Strategies and Performance through a Strategy-Focused Program : A Multilevel Study.” Twenty-Sixth Annual SSSR Meeting, Abstracts, 2019.
APA
Rogiers, A., Van Keer, H., & Merchie, E. (2019). Improving secondary school students’ text-learning strategies and performance through a strategy-focused program : a multilevel study. In Twenty-Sixth Annual SSSR Meeting, Abstracts. Toronto.
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Rogiers, Amelie, Hilde Van Keer, and Emmelien Merchie. 2019. “Improving Secondary School Students’ Text-Learning Strategies and Performance through a Strategy-Focused Program : A Multilevel Study.” In Twenty-Sixth Annual SSSR Meeting, Abstracts.
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Rogiers, Amelie, Hilde Van Keer, and Emmelien Merchie. 2019. “Improving Secondary School Students’ Text-Learning Strategies and Performance through a Strategy-Focused Program : A Multilevel Study.” In Twenty-Sixth Annual SSSR Meeting, Abstracts.
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Rogiers A, Van Keer H, Merchie E. Improving secondary school students’ text-learning strategies and performance through a strategy-focused program : a multilevel study. In: Twenty-Sixth Annual SSSR Meeting, Abstracts. 2019.
IEEE
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A. Rogiers, H. Van Keer, and E. Merchie, “Improving secondary school students’ text-learning strategies and performance through a strategy-focused program : a multilevel study,” in Twenty-Sixth Annual SSSR Meeting, Abstracts, Toronto, 2019.
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  abstract     = {The ability to learn informative texts effectively is becoming increasingly important in secondary education. At this point, textbooks across different curriculum subjects are asking for the effective use of text-learning strategies. Text-learning strategies refer to the variety of activities students apply whilst processing (i.e. selecting, organising, condensing, and retaining) text information (Vermunt & Vermetten, 2004). Particularly the ability to use a variety of text-learning strategies has shown to play a pivotal role in students' learning and performance (Alexander, 2005). Unfortunately, research shows that in today’s classrooms few teachers equip their students with such a repertoire, as the teaching of text-learning strategies is difficult and challenging (Weinstein et al., 2011). Therefore, this study focusses on the impact of an explicit strategy-instruction program to foster first-grade secondary school students’ text-learning strategy use and performance. A large-scale experiment with a switching replication design (with two groups and three measurement occasions) was set up, in which 689 students followed an eight-lesson teacher-delivered strategy program. At the three measurement occasions, students’ text-learning strategy use was assessed by a learning task and a task-specific self-report inventory. Their performance was measured using a cued recall test. Multilevel piecewise growth analysis was used to examine the evolution in students’ strategy use and performance. The results show that both students’ text-learning strategy use and learning performance improved significantly after receiving the intervention. Moreover, this improvement was maintained two months after the intervention, demonstrating that a strategy-focused teaching program is a promising approach to improve secondary school students' text-learning.},
  author       = {Rogiers, Amelie and Van Keer, Hilde and Merchie, Emmelien},
  booktitle    = {Twenty-Sixth Annual SSSR Meeting, Abstracts},
  keywords     = {Adolescent Reading,Expository text,Growth Modeling,Strategy Instruction,Learning},
  language     = {eng},
  location     = {Toronto},
  title        = {Improving secondary school students’ text-learning strategies and performance through a strategy-focused program : a multilevel study},
  url          = {https://www.triplesr.org/improving-secondary-school-students%E2%80%99-text-learning-strategies-and-performance-through-strategy},
  year         = {2019},
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