Title

The Informational Text Structure Survey (ITS2): An exploration of primary grade teachers’ sensitivity to text structure in young children's informational texts

Keywords

Informational text, reliability, teacher professional development, text structures

Abstract

There has been no research reported about if or how well primary grade teachers can identify information text structures in children's authentic informational texts. The ability to do so accurately and reliably is a prerequisite for teachers to be able to teach students how to recognize and use text structures to assist them in comprehending informational texts. The authors report the development of the Informational Text Structure Survey (ITS2). Prior to training, primary grade teachers demonstrated low accuracy and reliability in identifying traditional expository text structures in well-structured children's grade level–appropriate informational texts. Results after training with the ITS2 instrument showed significant improvements in the teachers’ accuracy and reliability in identifying traditional informational text structures in well-structured children's grade level–appropriate informational texts after training with the ITS2 instrument.

Original Publication Citation

Reutzel, D. R., Jones, C. D., Clark, S. K., & *Kumar, T. (2016). The Informational Text Structure Survey (ITS2): An exploration of primary grade teachers’ sensitivity to text structure in young children's informational texts. Journal of Educational Research, 109(1), 81-98. DOI: 10.1080/00220671.2014.918927

Document Type

Peer-Reviewed Article

Publication Date

2013-11-12

Publisher

The Journal of Educational Research

Language

English

College

David O. McKay School of Education

Department

Educational Inquiry, Measurement, and Evaluation

University Standing at Time of Publication

Assistant Professor

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