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ERIC Number: EJ869816
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 25
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0162-3737
A Randomized Field Trial of the Fast ForWord Language Computer-Based Training Program
Borman, Geoffrey D.; Benson, James G.; Overman, Laura
Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, v31 n1 p82-106 2009
This article describes an independent assessment of the Fast ForWord Language computer-based training program developed by Scientific Learning Corporation. Previous laboratory research involving children with language-based learning impairments showed strong effects on their abilities to recognize brief and fast sequences of nonspeech and speech stimuli, but generalization of these effects beyond clinical settings and student populations and to broader literacy measures remains unclear. Implementing a randomized field trial in eight urban schools, we generated impact estimates from separate intent-to-treat and treatment-on-the-treated analyses of the literacy outcomes of second- and seventh-grade students who were more generally at risk for poor reading and language outcomes. There were some problems of implementation in the field setting, and the Fast ForWord Language program did not, in general, help students in these eight schools improve their language and reading comprehension test scores. (Contains 6 notes and 10 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 2; Grade 7; Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Maryland
IES Funded: Yes
Grant or Contract Numbers: R305C050055
What Works Clearinghouse Reviewed: Meets Evidence Standards without Reservations
IES Cited: EJ869816