"I Can Read to Whoever Wants to Hear Me Read": Buddy Readers Speak Out With Confidence

Friedland, Ellen S.; Truesdell, Kim S.
May 2006
Teaching Exceptional Children;May/Jun2006, Vol. 38 Issue 5, p36
Academic Journal
The article presents information on the buddy reading program as an instructional strategy for exceptional children in the United States. This reading program addresses the lack of self-confidence of the students, which adversely affect their reading. Students with learning disabilities have lower academic self-concept than normal students. And the level of segregation of the exceptional children and the level of stigmatization is directly proportional. Students with low self-efficacy will more likely to have self-doubts about their ability to complete a task. This prompts them to give up the task without many trials. Many educators are of the opinion that if these students have strong perceived self-efficacy they will set higher goal challenges for themselves and their commitment to the challenge also will be firm. The article comments that the implementation of this program is not difficult but for a successful program enormous commitment from the side of the teachers, the students and the administration is required.


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