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ERIC Number: ED358417
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-May-10
Pages: 75
Abstractor: N/A
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Computer Assisted Book Selection in the Reading Workshop.
Redding, Daniel W.
A study looked at one problem teachers have when implementing an individualized reading program, the amount of time it can take students to choose a book to read. A database of the classroom library (consisting of about 600 novels) used by two fifth-grade language arts classes was created using Hypercard for the Macintosh. This database was interactive and included student-generated book reviews. Students were given surveys which measured attitudes towards choosing new books and influences on book choices before and after using the database. After training the students to use the database and letting them use it for 3 weeks, data showed a trend toward the database making it easier for students to find books and reflected a positive influence of peer reviews. Overall, it was found that more time was necessary for the students to acclimate to the new system and for the full advantages of the system to be realized. The students enjoyed using the new system, but needed more practice on it. (Survey instruments, an appendix of data, a lesson plan for training, a list of the books included in the database, and 17 references are attached.) (Author/RS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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