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Research Findings About Between the Lions
The backbone of Between the Lions is a comprehensive literacy curriculum geared to beginning readers. Developed with literacy experts from across the country, the program reflects a balanced approach that showcases the power and pleasure of reading combined with practices that build key skills in phonics, vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension.
Between the Lions has demonstrated that quality TV can make a significant difference in the acquisition of key literacy skills that are predictive of later reading ability.
University of Kansas Study
A July 2000 evaluation of Between the Lions, conducted by Dr. Deborah Linebarger at the University of Kansas, concluded that Kindergarten children who watched Between the Lions outperformed Kindergarten children who did not watch Between the Lions by nearly 4 to 1 on measures of phonemic awareness, letter-sound correspondence, and concepts of print.
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► Read the announcement of the University of Kansas results.
► Read Dr. Deborah Linebarger's Executive Summary.
► Download Dr. Deborah Linebarger's full Research Report.
A recent research study conducted in two Mississippi communities, including a Choctaw Indian reservation, found that Between the Lions made significant differences in several key reading skills of children at high risk of reading failure. The study was overseen by Cathy Grace, Ed.D., Coordinator of the Early Childhood Institute, and Dr. Debra Prince, Assistant Professor, Curriculum and Instruction, Mississippi State University.
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► Read the announcement of the Mississippi results.
► Read an overview of the Between the Lions Mississippi Literacy Initiative and its results.
ELL Study at the Harvard Graduate School of Education
A research study conduted by Yuuko Uchikoshi at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education, measuring the individual growth rates in phonological awareness and letter-word identification skills over an academic year for 150 Latino kindergarten English-language students, offers strong evidence that viewing Between the Lions was beneficial to the early literacy skills of these children.
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► Read the announcement from the U.S. Department of Education's Office of English Language Acquisition of the results of Yuuko Uchikoshi's study► Download a PDF copy of Yuuko Uchikoshi's full report on the research study she conducted at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Read our U.S. Department of Education funded study on using television to expand the vocabulary of early readers.
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