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ERIC Number: EJ799784
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jul
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 39
ISSN: ISSN-1093-023X
E-Publishing's Impact on Learning in an Inclusive Sixth Grade Social Studies Classroom
Gentry, James
Journal of Interactive Learning Research, v19 n3 p455-467 Jul 2008
This study combined the use of student authored books and the use of children's literature with a process created by Conden and McGuffee (2001) described as e-publishing, which uses students authoring book software called RealeWriter. The purpose of the study was to determine if e-publishing assistive technology impacted learning in a social studies class of 136 sixth grade students included in three school designation groups: special needs, gifted and talented, and regular education. In addition, content learning was examined by descriptive statistics using two subjects representing each school designation group, a total of six key informants. A one-way ANOVA test was conducted comparing special needs, gifted and talented, and regular education students' learning scores. The school designation group was a significant factor impacting content unit score gain [F (2, 127)=6.6, p=0.002]. Tamhame T[superscript 2] post hoc tests revealed gifted and talented students significantly (p less than 0.05) outperformed special education and regular education students' learning from the e-publishing process. According to descriptive statistics, all students regardless of school designation grouping improved in learning from the e-publishing process. This study concluded that all students, especially gifted and talented students, benefit from e-publishing. Educational technology, such as RealeWriter's e-publishing process, has a place beside pedagogically sound practices. This study found the use of children's literature as a content medium in social studies accommodated e-publishing instruction advantageously. (Contains 2 figures and 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 6; Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A