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ERIC Number: EJ1002159
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 44
ISSN: ISSN-0162-6434
Deepening Content Understanding in Social Studies Using Digital Text and Embedded Vocabulary Supports
Clay, Karen; Zorfass, Judith; Brann, Alise; Kotula, Andrea
Journal of Special Education Technology, v24 n4 p1-16 2009
This article discusses a strand of research conducted by the Education Development Center, Inc. in collaboration with the National Center for Supported Electronic Text. The research investigated the use of an online vocabulary support tool, Visual Thesaurus, for middle school students with and without disabilities. Data were collected from 10 eighth grade inclusive classrooms using a randomized control trial to compare the impact of Visual Thesaurus and Merriam-Webster OnLine on vocabulary and content knowledge from two social studies textbook chapters. Data analysis revealed significant posttest gains for students in both conditions, but no significant difference between the two treatments. Discussion focuses on the need for online vocabulary support tools to align with student needs and teacher expectations. (Contains 3 tables and 3 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 8; Junior High Schools; Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts