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ADORE – Teaching Struggling Adolescent Readers in European Countries

Key Elements of Good Practice

Christine Garbe, Karl Holle and Swantje Weinhold

At the end of compulsory schooling, a quarter of European adolescents do not meet the minimal standards in reading literacy required for life-long learning and a satisfactory private and professional life (cf. the PISA-surveys). Funded by the European Commission (2006-2009), the ADORE Project «Teaching Struggling Adolescent Readers – A Comparative Study of Good Practice in European Countries» involved researchers and practitioners from the following 11 European countries: Austria, Belgium, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Norway, Poland, Romania, Switzerland. During a 2-year-investigation period, transnational teams observed extraordinary examples of classroom instruction in all respective countries and identified key elements of good practice concerning reading instruction on different levels: classroom practice, schools, communities and national educational systems. The ADORE-book intends to be a guide for decision-makers and practitioners who want to improve the reading instruction for struggling adolescent readers.
Contents: Christine Garbe/Karl Holle/Swantje Weinhold/Alexa Meyer-Hamme/Anika Barton: Characteristics of Adolescent Struggling Readers – Christine Garbe/Karl Holle/Alexa Meyer-Hamme/Swantje Weinhold: The ADORE Project – Christine Garbe/Martin Gross/Karl Holle/Swantje Weinhold: Key Elements of Good Practice – Dorothee Gaile: Key Element No. 1: Designing a Supportive Teacher-Student and Student-Student Interaction – Karl Holle: Key Element No. 2: Applying Diagnostic Forms of Assessment – Patricia Schillings: Key Element No. 3: Involving Students in Planning the Learning Process – Sari Sulkunen/Inga Arffman: Key Element No. 4: Choosing Engaging Reading Materials – Patricia Schillings/Catherine Gabelica: Key Element No. 5: Involving Students in Texts – János Steklács: Key Element No. 6: Teaching Cognitive and Meta-Cognitive Reading Strategies – Gerd Kruse/Thomas Sommer: Key Element No. 7: Creating an Inspiring Reading Environment – Raluca Stefania Pelin: Key Element No. 8: Teacher Participation and Support by Principals – Alexa Meyer-Hamme/Swantje Weinhold: Key Element No. 9: Multi-Professional Support – Dobrosław Bilski/Beata Szczepańska: Key Element No. 10: Community Support – Ragnar Gees Solheim: Key Element No. 11: Legal and Financial Resources – Christine Garbe: Key Element No. 12: Reading Research and Knowledge Transfer – Dorothee Gaile: Key Element No. 13: Teacher Training and Professional Development – Thomas Sommer/Gerd Kruse: Key Element No. 14: Media Literacy and Information-Communication-Technology (ICT) – Christine Garbe: Key Element No. 15: Quality Monitoring and Evaluation – Christine Garbe: Key Element No. 16: National Educational Values and Curricula – Christine Garbe/Karl Holle/Swantje Weinhold: Conclusions and Comments – Donna E. Alvermann: An External Perspective on the ADORE Project.