ERIC Number: EJ1087337
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Jan
Abstractor: As Provided
Development and Evaluation of Game-Like Phonological Awareness Software for Kindergarteners: "JerenAli"
Kartal, Günizi; Terziyan, Treysi
Journal of Educational Computing Research, v53 n4 p519-539 Jan 2016
The major goal of this study was to develop a game-like software application for phonological awareness training and to evaluate its role in improving phonological awareness skills at the kindergarten level, with the intention to eventually help reading acquisition in Turkish. The participants of the study came from two kindergarten classrooms in a public elementary school in Istanbul that served socioeconomically disadvantaged families. The experimental group used the software three times a week for nine weeks, while the control played unrelated math games. At posttest, the children in the experimental group scored significantly higher in phoneme segmentation, letter-name, and letter-sound knowledge than those in the control group. The experimental group also showed significant gains for six other subskills when their pre- and posttest scores were compared. Classroom observations and teacher interviews provided insight for interface design for young learners, as well as computer use in early literacy instruction.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Computer Assisted Instruction, Phoneme Grapheme Correspondence, Phonemes, Phonological Awareness, Computer Software, Computer Software Evaluation, Teaching Methods, Teacher Attitudes, Kindergarten, Elementary School Students, Elementary School Teachers, Experimental Groups, Literacy Education, Literacy, Pretests Posttests, Observation, Interviews, Control Groups, Computer Games, Needs Assessment, Scores, Disadvantaged, Reading Tests, Instructional Effectiveness, Statistical Analysis, Grade 1, Turkish
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Kindergarten; Primary Education; Early Childhood Education; Elementary Education; Grade 1
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Identifiers - Location: Turkey (Istanbul)