Grant Title: SRSD+: Development of a powerful writing program for primary grade children
PI: Young-Suk Kim
Co-PI: Karen Harris, Arizona State University
Funder: Institute of Education Sciences
Duration: 3 years
Writing is a critical skill for success in school and in most work. However, writing is one of the most challenging tasks for children to acquire, and three fourths of children in the United States do not achieve proficiency in writing. Therefore, it is critical to have solid instructional strategies to improve writing, beginning in the early grades. In the proposed work, we will develop and examine the feasibility, usability, and potential promise of a writing intervention called SRSD+ for primary grade children. SRSD (Self-Regulated Strategy Development) is an evidence-based writing instruction approach with strong evidence of meaningful outcomes. Although powerful, SRSD focuses on strategies for composing and self-regulating the writing process, and has not included instruction on two key component skills of writing – transcription and oral language skills. In this proposed project, we will develop SRSD+ instruction by integrating SRSD with evidence-based instruction in transcription skills and oral language skills for primary children; and examine its usability, feasibility, and efficacy.