ERIC Number: ED455511
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-Jul
A Research Based Study for the Use of Audiobooks in the Classroom as a Complementary Reading Program.
Clark, Meredith Ann
In today's society, parents are often too busy to read with their children or perhaps cannot even read themselves. In response to these problems, the researcher would like to propose that audiobooks are a good alternative to parental reading. This project was designed to show the importance of reading to children. The use of audiobooks was a simple substitute for the warm body that children often need but may not have access to for the experience of reading. The intention was that the additional exposure to reading, whether they were being read to or were reading for themselves, would increase their reading level. In this study, a third grade class composed of 21 students was divided into 2 groups, each alternating as the control and experimental groups for 3 weeks, resulting in a total of 6 weeks for the study. At the 3-week interval, both the control and experimental groups were tested for their frustrating reading level using an Informal Reading Inventory (IRI) published by the Houghton Mifflin Company. This test was repeated at the end of the 6 weeks. The data collected were used to compare the control and experimental groups to see if the additional reading helped to increase the students' reading levels. The use of audiobooks in the classroom as a complementary reading program did not show any significant difference in the students' reading levels during this study. This is a program that could be a permanent addition to the classroom used all year long. This research study was conducted for a 6-week period and the students had access to the materials for only 3 weeks. The materials provided for the experiment were available to the students only within the confines of the classroom; therefore, it limited their access to the materials to the free time allowed them in the classroom. This could have affected the results of the study. (Contains 31 references and a table of data. Appendixes contain permission letters and recommended book lists.) (Author/RS)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Master of Arts Action Research Project, Johnson Bible College.