NIFDI Offers Bibliography on DI Research
The National Institute for Direct Instruction’s (NIFDI) Office of Research recently compiled an extensive bibliography on Direct Instruction’s research that are organized by the type of research design used and by publication year, with entries ranging from the early 1970s to studies as recent as 2011. Many of these works are also included in NIFDI’s online searchable research database. The bibliography is available here.
The document has five major sections. The first section lists the DI programs that have been developed over the years, with separate sections for different subjects. Sections II, III, and IV focus on studies of DI’s effectiveness, categorizing the studies by the type of research design and curricular focus. Section II lists 44 studies that utilized randomized control designs, while Section III lists 301 studies that used quasi-experimental and other designs. Section IV lists the studies noted in Sections I and II by year of publication, beginning with the most recent. Studies that have been abstracted in NIFDI’s on-line searchable research base are indicated by an asterisk in this section. Section V lists a wide variety of other works related to Direct Instruction, including studies that were instrumental in the development of the programs.
This compilation of citations will be regularly updated. Because the body of research related to Direct Instruction is so large, some studies may not have been included. Researchers who know of other studies that should be added, including unpublished manuscripts such as dissertations and thesis projects, are asked to send their ideas to the NIFDI research office at .