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ERIC Number: ED520306
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 200
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1241-2528-2
Optimal Experience and Reading Achievement in Virtual Environments among College Level Developmental Readers
Burgess, Melissa L.
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Sam Houston State University
In this mixed methods study the potential for developmental readers to experience optimal experience (flow) within the multi-user virtual environment, "Second Life," was examined. In an educational context, "Second Life" provided a space for constructivist learning, socialization, exploration, discovery and creativity. The communicative, social nature of virtual learning also allowed students to demonstrate cognitive and affective skills they had acquired through their utilization of social technologies. This applied, situated learning environment has great potential for generating situational interest, the springboard for motivation. The purpose of this study was to determine. (a) the digital literacy skills of college-level developmental readers; (b) the differences in digital literacies between those college-level developmental reading students who used "Second Life" and those college- level developmental reading students who did not use "Second Life"; (c) the relationships between optimal experience and reading achievement; (d) the behaviors exhibited by students that indicated the degree to which they were a digital native; and (e) the antecedents of flow as reported by college-level developmental reading students using "Second Life." Participants were 80 students enrolled in developmental reading in the fall 2009 semester--38 participants comprised the control group, and 42 students comprised the experimental group. Research findings indicated that the participants were digitally literate. This digital literacy was demonstrated through reading activities in "Second Life," where the optimal experience construct, enjoyment, led to increased reading achievement gains among the experimental group over the control group who did not use "Second Life." Developmental reading administrators and educators would be well-informed to capitalize on these unique learning environments with activities that require practice in collaboration, self-regulation, time management skills, and most importantly, critical reading skills. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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