ERIC Number: ED312608
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984-May
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Reading Comprehension and the Computer.
Boyer, Nancy W.
A practicum study was conducted to raise the reading comprehension level of students at least one grade level by using Computer-Assisted Instruction (CAI), and to determine the kind of student who would most benefit by the use of CAI. A control group of 35 students and three experimental groups of 19 computer students, all in fourth or fifth grade, received normal classroom instruction in reading. The 19 students received extra computer training in reading comprehension for a period of 3 months. CAI students used original teacher-developed software entitled "Reading Comprehension" and the commercial reading program, "Our Weird and Wacky World" by Educational Activities. All students were tested before and after the use of the computers. Results of those using computers showed an increase when comparing the test scores. The overall gain of CAI students was 1.5 years. It was recommended that this program of study be extended over a 10-month school year and that the curriculum be expanded to include an adjustable program to encourage faster reading along with the increase in comprehension. (Seven appendixes containing graphs, reading sources, student opinions, and a sample parent letter are attached.) (MG)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Stanford Diagnostic Reading Test