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ERIC Number: EJ874470
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 27
ISSN: ISSN-1046-6819
Effects of Text-to-Speech Software on the Reading Rate and Comprehension Skills of High School Students with Specific Learning Disabilities
Moorman, Amanda; Boon, Richard T.; Keller-Bell, Yolanda; Stagliano, Christina; Jeffs, Tara
Learning Disabilities: A Multidisciplinary Journal, v16 n1 p41-49 2010
The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of a text-to-speech software program known as "Read Please" on the reading rate and reading comprehension accuracy of two high school students with specific learning disabilities (SLD) in reading. A single-subject A-B-A-B "withdrawal" research design (Alberto & Troutman, 2009) was used to evaluate the effects of the software on the students reading rate accuracy and comprehension skills. The participants were taught to utilize the features of the "Read Please" software that reads the text aloud to the participants and upon completion of the reading passage, the experimenter collected measures on the students' reading rate and percent of comprehension questions answered accurately. Measurements were collected throughout the study on the dependent variables of reading rate and reading comprehension accuracy. Results of this study indicated that the use of the "Read Please" software increased the reading rate and improved students reading comprehension for both participants. Limitations of the study, implications for practice for both general and special education teachers at the high school level, and future research questions are discussed. (Contains 1 table and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A