Supplemental web resources
The Education Consumers Foundation has published Clear Teaching and made available a great deal of information for those wishing to see real and dramatic improvements in reading proficiency rates. The resources below will help educators, legislators, school board leaders and others to learn more about Direct Instruction.
Clear Teaching - The Book
Written by veteran journalist Shepard Barbash over a period of 10 years, Clear Teaching is a well-researched, highly readable introduction to Direct Instruction (DI), a systematic teaching approach which for more than 40 years has dramatically improved learning outcomes for students of all abilities and from all walks of life. The book looks at the development of DI through the early experiences of its creator, Zig Engelmann; explains the principles that underpin this approach; and looks at DI's reception in the world of teaching, where it has been effectively shunned despite a formidable research base and example after example of transformative success.
Those wanting a print version of Clear Teaching can order it from Amazon or download this order form; those interested in bulk copies for distribution to staff, parents, community leaders or others can contact ECF for order details.
The following documents offer a grounding for those interested in exploring DI further, including:
- What the Research Says - A list of the primary studies and meta-analyses regarding Direct Instruction, including a discussion of controversial findings.
- Available Programs - A list, with links and research references, to many of the key programs available today.
- DI Resources - A directory of sites using DI, experts and academics, and key resources for those interested in DI.
- DI Trainers - A list of trainers, consulting companies,
and a word about the need for training.
- What DI Teachers Say - Quotes from teachers experienced in DI.
- Funnix - A computer-based version of DI that can be used by teachers, aides, and parents. Downloadable, user-friendly, powerful, and very cost-effective.
Video Clips of DI in Action
It's one thing to talk about the merits of a program like DI and the research basis behind it; it's quite another to see it in action. DI is fun because success and achievement are fun, and these videos offer a firsthand view of teachers and students enjoying learning through this approach. In addition to videos showcasing DI in the classroom, this page also offers interviews with teachers, video case studies, and an interview with Zig Engelmann, creator of Direct Instruction.
Bibliography of the Direct Instruction Curriculum and Studies Examining Its Efficacy
This resource, from the National Institute for Direct Instruction, is an exhaustive listing (more than 1200 entries) of DI instructional programs in all subject areas using various instructional formats, a directory of efficacy studies (randomized and quasi-experimental design), and a compendium of publications and writing on Direct Instruction. Current as of October 2011, this bibliography is an invaluable resource for experienced practitioners and those just starting to learn about DI.
An Interview with Siegfried Engelmann, One of America's Great Educators
America has only a few great educators. For the last 50 years, Siegfried Engelmann has been one of them. As the creator of Direct Instruction, he has developed an approach to teaching that leaves other models far behind, as evidenced by the largest federal evaluation of education methods in history (Project Follow Through). And yet few educators are willing to adopt his approach. Read his thoughts on the state of education and the challenges he has faced in this interview.
NAEP Long-Term Reading Results
The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), commonly known as "The Nation's Report Card," is a program of the US Department of Education that assesses student performance in a range of instructional areas. They offer long-term national and state-by-state data on reading here, where you can look at aggregate performance data as well as breakouts by sex, race, low income, disability, and English as a Second Language ESL).
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