ERIC Number: EJ1098120
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Successfully Promoting 21st Century Online Research Skills: Interventions in 5th-Grade Classrooms
Kingsley, Tara L.; Cassady, Jerrell C.; Tancock, Susan M.
Reading Horizons, v54 n2 p91-134 2015
This quantitative study was developed to explore the ability to impact elementary student 21st Century online research skills with a planned classroom intervention curriculum. The repeated measures quasi-experimental study randomly assigned all 5th grade classes in a Midwestern, suburban school (n = 418) to a 12-week intervention or control condition. Analyses of the ORCA Elementary-Revised performance prior to intervention revealed significant correlations with traditional measures of reading achievement as well as limited influence from demographic variables. In the primary research question, results demonstrated that the intervention group showed significantly higher gains from pretest to posttest on the measure of online research skills. Focused analyses of the subskills in the online reading performance measure revealed these differences were durable in locating and synthesizing skills, but not critical evaluation of websites. We discuss both theoretical and instructional implications generated from this study.
Descriptors: Research Skills, Internet, Elementary School Students, Grade 5, Suburban Schools, Quasiexperimental Design, Intervention, Electronic Learning, Reading Comprehension, Information Skills, Correlation, Reading Achievement, Achievement Gains, Pretests Posttests, Web Sites, Online Searching, Information Sources, Evaluation Methods, Intermediate Grades, Performance Based Assessment, Experimental Groups, Control Groups, Regression (Statistics), Multivariate Analysis
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 5; Intermediate Grades; Middle Schools
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