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ERIC Number: EJ860809
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Oct
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 32
ISSN: ISSN-0034-0561
The Atoms Family: Using Podcasts to Enhance the Development of Science Vocabulary
Putman, S. Michael; Kingsley, Tara
Reading Teacher, v63 n2 p100-108 Oct 2009
Podcasting is a relatively new phenomenon that utilizes digital media to provide listeners with unparalleled access to content. Educators have recently discovered this tool and are examining methods it can be used to meet the needs of 21st Century learners. To date, however, more research needs to be conducted to examine the overall effectiveness of the podcast on student achievement. In an effort to meet this need, an investigation into the use of podcasts to enhance science vocabulary development in fifth grade students was conducted. Results revealed students with access to podcasts and classroom instruction demonstrated larger gains in achievement than a group exposed to classroom instruction only. Follow-up survey responses revealed that students generally viewed the podcast as helpful in learning the vocabulary. Rationales for the positive results and implications for teachers interested in attempting similar activities are discussed. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Grade 5
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A