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An analytical description of ProjectExpert : an instructional reading program for ninth grade vocational students

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A significant number of ninth-grade students still struggles with proficiently comprehending texts. Moreover, their increasingly lowering motivation to read is alarming. Various educational interventions designed to enhance reading comprehension and/or motivation are available in the scientific field. However, a detailed description of its underlying principles is frequently lacking. This detailed description could provide genuine opportunities for replication, theory building, and dissemination into practice. Therefore, the main goal of the present study is to offer an analytic, rigorous, and detailed description of an instructional program aimed at fostering ninth-grade vocational students' reading comprehension, strategy use, and autonomous reading motivation, named ProjectExpert. The context, theoretical and/or empirical grounding, macro and micro-level design principles will be outlined, based on the framework of Bouwer and De Smedt (2018). ProjectExpert entails four design principles: (1) Text reading is goal-directed. (2) The instruction is embedded in a motivating learning environment rooted in the fulfilment of students' basic psychological needs. (3) By means of explicit strategy instruction students are taught to use a repertoire of cognitive and metacognitive reading comprehension strategies. (4) Students practice reading and applying reading strategies in heterogeneous pairs. Moreover, during the design, a stepwise procedure was adopted to guarantee the feasibility and usability of the design principles for this particular group of teachers and students. This stepwise procedure and the implications for the design of ProjectExpert are described in detail. Finally, the relational structure of the design principles and challenges related to implementing them into practice are discussed.
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design principles, reading comprehension, reading strategy use, reading motivation, self-determination theory, vocational education, STRATEGY INSTRUCTION, COMPREHENSION STRATEGIES, DISCOURSE COMPREHENSION, ADOLESCENTS MOTIVATION, WRITING INTERVENTIONS, GENERAL-EDUCATION, SCHOOL-STUDENTS, MIDDLE, CONSTRUCTION, ENGAGEMENT

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Van Ammel, Kim, et al. “An Analytical Description of ProjectExpert : An Instructional Reading Program for Ninth Grade Vocational Students.” L1 EDUCATIONAL STUDIES IN LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE, vol. 21, 2021, doi:10.17239/L1ESLL-2021.21.01.10.
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Van Ammel, K., Aesaert, K., De Smedt, F., De Meester, F., & Van Keer, H. (2021). An analytical description of ProjectExpert : an instructional reading program for ninth grade vocational students. L1 EDUCATIONAL STUDIES IN LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE, 21. https://doi.org/10.17239/L1ESLL-2021.21.01.10
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Van Ammel, Kim, Koen Aesaert, Fien De Smedt, Flore De Meester, and Hilde Van Keer. 2021. “An Analytical Description of ProjectExpert : An Instructional Reading Program for Ninth Grade Vocational Students.” L1 EDUCATIONAL STUDIES IN LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE 21. https://doi.org/10.17239/L1ESLL-2021.21.01.10.
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Van Ammel, Kim, Koen Aesaert, Fien De Smedt, Flore De Meester, and Hilde Van Keer. 2021. “An Analytical Description of ProjectExpert : An Instructional Reading Program for Ninth Grade Vocational Students.” L1 EDUCATIONAL STUDIES IN LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE 21. doi:10.17239/L1ESLL-2021.21.01.10.
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Van Ammel K, Aesaert K, De Smedt F, De Meester F, Van Keer H. An analytical description of ProjectExpert : an instructional reading program for ninth grade vocational students. L1 EDUCATIONAL STUDIES IN LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE. 2021;21.
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K. Van Ammel, K. Aesaert, F. De Smedt, F. De Meester, and H. Van Keer, “An analytical description of ProjectExpert : an instructional reading program for ninth grade vocational students,” L1 EDUCATIONAL STUDIES IN LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE, vol. 21, 2021.
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