Current reading research is a strong stimulus for improving reading instruction. When procedures and techniques based on sound research are used in classroom or clinic, instruction improves. Basically, there are two types of research: (1) research emanating from colleges and universities and (2) action research launched at the school district level. University research is often conducted by professors and graduate students pursuing graduate degrees. Results of their research are often published in a professional journal.
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