ERIC Number: EJ1168890
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Mar
Abstractor: As Provided
Digital Guidance for Susceptible Readers: Effects on Fifth Graders' Reading Motivation and Incidental Vocabulary Learning
Nielen, Thijs M. J.; Smith, Glenn G.; Sikkema-de Jong, Maria T.; Drobisz, Jack; van Horne, Bill; Bus, Adriana G.
Journal of Educational Computing Research, v56 n1 p48-73 Mar 2018
In this digital era, a fundamental challenge is to design digital reading materials in such a way that they improve children's reading skills. Since reading books is challenging for many fifth graders--particularly for those genetically susceptible to attention problems--the researchers hypothesized that guidance from a digital Pedagogical Agent (PA) could improve students' reading motivation and incidental vocabulary learning. Using a sample of 147 fifth-grade students, the researchers carried out a randomized control trial with three groups of students reading: (a) hardcopy (print) books, (b) digital books, and (c) digital books with a PA. For students with a genetic predisposition to attention problems, carriers of the DRD4 seven-repeat allele, the PA supported their incidental vocabulary learning. For noncarriers, there were no effects of the digital reading materials or the PA.
Descriptors: Grade 5, Reading Motivation, Incidental Learning, Vocabulary, Reading Materials, Electronic Publishing, Elementary School Students, Intelligent Tutoring Systems, Randomized Controlled Trials, Pretests Posttests, Foreign Countries, Genetics, Intervention, Instructional Effectiveness, Reading Instruction
SAGE Publications. 2455 Teller Road, Thousand Oaks, CA 91320. Tel: 800-818-7243; Tel: 805-499-9774; Fax: 800-583-2665; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: http://sagepub.com
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 5
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Netherlands
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A