ERIC Number: ED264524
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Oct
An Exploration of the Use of a Speech-Enhanced Microcomputer-Based Language Experience Program to Facilitate Beginning Reading Instruction. Program Report No. 85-6.
Pittelman, Susan D.; Levin, Kathy M.
A research project was undertaken to explore the effects of using a microcomputer equipped with a speech synthesizer to enhance and aid in the individualization of the language experience approach in beginning reading instruction. A prototypic program was developed and pilot-tested with 12 kindergarten children over a three-week period, with each child participating in three individual sessions a week for two weeks. In the third week, the computer was moved into the classrooms to evaluate the benefits that a speech-enhanced system might have on the communicative environment. During the project, three areas were identified in which the microcomputer made distinct contributions to the language experience program: (1) more efficient use of teacher time and materials, (2) increased individualized and independent learning, and (3) increased student motivation. The pilot study confirmed that microcomputers with speech synthesizers can enhance the language experience approach to beginning reading. (Author/FL)
Descriptors: Artificial Speech, Beginning Reading, Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Software, Individualized Instruction, Kindergarten, Kindergarten Children, Language Experience Approach, Learning Activities, Microcomputers, Primary Education, Program Development, Reading Instruction, Reading Research
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Center for Education Research, Madison.
Note: A report from the Program on Classroom Processes: Skill Development--Language Arts.