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EBP Compendium: Summary of Systematic Review

Institute of Education Sciences
Instructional Conversations and Literature Logs

IES What Works Clearinghouse Intervention Report.

Indicators of Review Quality:

The review addresses a clearly focused question No
Criteria for inclusion of studies are provided Yes*
Search strategy is described in sufficient detail for replication No
Included studies are assessed for study quality Yes
Quality assessments are reproducible Yes

Description: This is a systematic review of studies meeting the What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) evidence standards investigating the effect of instructional conversations and literature logs on reading comprehension in English language learners. The effectiveness of the intervention was categorized as Meets Evidence Standards, Meets Evidence Standards with Reservation or Does Not Meet Evidence Standard based on the What Works Clearinghouse classification system. Well-designed randomized controlled trials are considered strong evidence (Meets Evidence Standards), quasi-experimental studies are considered weaker evidence (Meets Evidence Standards with Reservations) and single-case design studies are considered insufficient evidence or under development (Does Not Meet Evidence Standards).

Question(s) Addressed:

Question not specifically stated.

Population: Hispanic English language learners in elementary school

Intervention/Assessment: Instructional Conversations and Literature Logs

Number of Studies Included: 2

Years Included: Not stated



  • Treatment
    • Language
      • Reading - Instructional Conversation
        • Two studies combining instructional conversation and literature logs met the WWC criteria for Evidence Standards with Reservations.
        • Based on these studies, "[t]he WWC found the intervention to have potentially positive effects on reading achievement and on English language development" (p. 4). 

Keywords: English Language Learners, Literacy

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*See the WWC Evidence Review Protocol for inclusion criteria

Added to Compendium: January 2012

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