ERIC Number: EJ872724
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jan
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Does Whole-Word Multimedia Software Support Literacy Acquisition?
Karemaker, Arjette M.; Pitchford, Nicola J.; O'Malley, Claire
Reading and Writing: An Interdisciplinary Journal, v23 n1 p31-51 Jan 2010
This study examined the extent to which multimedia features of typical literacy learning software provide added benefits for developing literacy skills compared with typical whole-class teaching methods. The effectiveness of the multimedia software Oxford Reading Tree (ORT) for Clicker in supporting early literacy acquisition was investigated through a classroom-based intervention study by comparing ORT for Clicker to traditional ORT Big Books. Sixty-one typically developing readers, aged 5-6 years, from four primary classes were each given the two interventions. Each intervention was delivered over five one-hour sessions over the course of 1 week. Performance on tasks of written word recognition, written word naming, and phonological awareness, was measured before and after each intervention. Significantly greater gains in word recognition, word naming, rhyme awareness, segmentation skill, and grapheme awareness were found after the ORT for Clicker compared to the traditional ORT Big Book intervention. This study shows that whole-word multimedia software can be more effective than traditional printed texts from the same reading scheme at supporting the development of early literacy skills.
Descriptors: Computer Software, Multimedia Materials, Sight Method, Reading Instruction, Emergent Literacy, Intervention, Phonological Awareness, Word Recognition, Instructional Effectiveness, Computer Assisted Instruction, Comparative Analysis, Primary Education
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Primary Education
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