ERIC Number: ED223993
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Interactive Development of Reading Skills in an Educational Clinic.
Computer-based reading programs have been used at the City Educational Clinic in Canberra, Australia, to improve the reading skills of children who are "reading disabled." Children interacted with the computer via a graphic display, touch sensitive screen, and synthesized speech. The first program taught a basic sight vocabulary and allowed children to construct their own sentences from word lists. A modified cloze procedure was used in the second program, in which the child chose the missing word in a paragraph from a number of alternatives presented. If the child could not read a word in the displayed paragraph, he or she could have it spoken by the computer. Spoken or visual feedback was given to all the child's responses. Reports from classroom teachers indicated that the program improved self-confidence and interest in reading for many children. Important motivating factors included a program design in which the child could experience success and which provided immediate and explicit feedback. Evaluation studies indicated significant gains in sight vocabulary and reading comprehension scores after 4 to 5 hours of computer-based instruction. (HTH)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual National Conference of the Australian Group for the Scientific Study of Mental Deficiency (18th, September 1982).