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ERIC Number: EJ868629
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 42
ISSN: ISSN-1539-1523
Commercial Software Programs Approved for Teaching Reading and Writing in the Primary Grades: Another Sobering Reality
Lovell, Meridith; Phillips, Linda
Journal of Research on Technology in Education, v42 n2 p197-216 Win 2009
This article reports the results of a systematic and comprehensive evaluation of the suitability of 13 commercially available, authorized software programs for teaching reading and writing in the primary grades. These programs were assessed on interface design, content, instructional design, whether manufacturers' educational claims were supported by the programs, and appropriateness to supplement reading and writing instruction. Regardless of date of publication, most software programs were judged to be noninstructional, in that they did not track student progress, provide feedback, or adapt to suit student needs. Many used decade-old interface design and program functions as well as content features, thereby limiting their usefulness as educational tools. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada