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ERIC Number: ED310390
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Mar
Pages: 22
Abstractor: N/A
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Computer-Assisted Writing/Reading Instruction of Young Children: A 2-Year Evaluation of "Writing to Read."
Levinson, Judith L.; Lalor, Ida
A study focused on the effects of the Writing to Read program piloted at kindergarten and first grade levels in Community Consolidated School District 65. The report included measures of students' writing, performance on district-made and standardized reading tests, and a follow-up on second graders. Statistical techniques of group comparison and pre-/post-testing were used to determine the effects of the program. One school site was chosen as the experimental group, and two school sites with comparable demographic characteristics were chosen as the control groups. Results indicated that writing scores of kindergarten and first grade children in the program were better than those of children in the comparison group. Reading vocabulary and comprehension scores of Writing to Read kindergartners were significantly higher than those of the comparison group. First graders in the program received higher scores in reading and spelling. Parents and teachers responded positively to the Writing to Read program. The follow-up testing of second graders showed no significant difference in the average reading scores of the experimental and control group students. There was no statistically significant difference in the distribution of writing scores between the follow-up experimental and the control group; however, when average writing scores were obtained, there was a significant difference favoring the experimental group. The Writing to Read system appears to be an effective intervention for developing writing and reading skills in kindergarten and writing skills in first grade. (Fifteen tables of data are included, and two appendixes containing a teacher questionnaire and parent survey responses are attached.) (MG)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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What Works Clearinghouse Reviewed: Does Not Meet Evidence Standards
IES Cited: ED499236