Effective Programmes in Reading and Mathematics: Lessons from the Best Evidence Encyclopaedia
School Effectiveness and School Improvement Volume 24, Number 4, ISSN 0924-3453
This article summarises findings from systematic reviews of research on primary and secondary mathematics, primary and secondary reading, and programmes for struggling readers. All reviews used a common set of procedures, requiring comparisons with control groups and duration of at least 12 weeks. Across hundreds of qualifying studies, a clear pattern emerged. Programmes providing extensive professional development in well-structured methods such as cooperative learning and teaching of metacognitive skills produce much more positive effect sizes than those evaluating either curricular reforms or computer-assisted instruction.
Slavin, R.E. (2013). Effective Programmes in Reading and Mathematics: Lessons from the Best Evidence Encyclopaedia. School Effectiveness and School Improvement, 24(4), 383-391.