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ERIC Number: EJ882502
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 23
ISSN: ISSN-0022-8958
Motivating Readers with Illustrative eText
Edwards, Peter
Kappa Delta Pi Record, v45 n1 p35-39 Fall 2008
Assistive technology (AT)--the use of technology to assist individuals with disabilities--encompasses a wide range of applications including problems with reading, writing, and language arts; speech-language disorders; students with mild disabilities; and older students. An exciting and motivational use of AT to assist readers that has not been thoroughly explored involves the use of illustrative resources of eText to provide "a visual representation or example of something in the text; designed to support, supplement or extend comprehension of the text through illustrations or examples." Illustrative resources might include computer simulations and adventure games. This article proposes a new teaching strategy--the Thinking/Learning System--as a way to use AT to motivate reluctant readers. The Thinking/Learning System (T/LS), developed by Edwards and Sparapani (1990), is an established system that provides a learning framework and incorporates illustrative eText to motivate reluctant readers through the use of computer adventure games. The Thinking/Learning System consists of four specific higher-order thinking skills that are essential elements of effective thinking: (1) information gathering; (2) critical thinking; (3) decision making; and (4) creative thinking. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A