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ED Taps Rockville Institute for RAPT Training
(06/23/2006)

The Rockville Institute has been contracted to provide training on the administration and use of the Reading Aloud Profile-Together (RAPT) observation instrument. This instrument was developed for the U.S. Department of Education's Even Start Classroom Observation and Outcomes (CLIO) Study. The RAPT instrument quantifies the behaviors of parents and children as they engage in a joint book reading activity. The training seminar will include the procedures used to collect the data, the protocols used to code the interactions, and how to establish reliability information.

"Research indicates that the use of specific behaviors during joint book reading can promote children's enthusiasm for reading and help them better comprehend the story and the conventions of books," explains Rockville Institute Project Director Jennifer Hamilton. "To my knowledge, the RAPT is the only instrument available that will not only gauge the adults use of these reading behaviors but also will simultaneously measure the child's responses."