ERIC Number: ED252861
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Using the Computer to Teach Language Arts (Spelling).
Edmonton Public Schools (Alberta).; Alberta Dept. of Education, Edmonton. Planning Services Branch.
A study was conducted to determine if computers are viable alternatives to textbooks for teaching spelling and related skills at the third grade level and to compare the change in attitude toward spelling of students in a computer assisted program with that of students in a textbook learning program. The 18 experimental and 18 control group students were pretested using a standardized spelling achievement test, a sentence dictation test, and a school attitude scale. Students in the experimental group used microcomputers four days a week for approximately 20 minutes. Their spelling words were presented by Compu-spell courseware in a sentence format, practiced, and then tested on the computer. Other computer programs were used to teach related skills such as syllabication and alphabetization. Students were also given writing opportunities to use the spelling words. The control group students received only traditional classroom instruction using authorized text materials. At the end of six months, posttesting was conducted with the same test instruments. Results indicated that experimental group students scored significantly higher than control group students on all three measures. In addition, students in the experimental group completed more spelling units. (Copies of the tests used in the study are appended.) (FL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Edmonton Public Schools (Alberta).; Alberta Dept. of Education, Edmonton. Planning Services Branch.