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ERIC Number: EJ1061966
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Sep
Abstractor: As Provided
Nonfiction Reading Comprehension in Middle School: Exploring in Interactive Software Approach
Wolff, Evelyn S.; Isecke, Harriet; Rhoads, Christopher; Madura, John P.
Educational Research Quarterly, v37 n1 p24-47 Sep 2013
The struggles of students in the United States to comprehend non-fiction science text are well documented. Middle school students, in particular, have minimal instruction in comprehending nonfiction and flounder on assessments. This article describes the development process of the Readorium software, an interactive web-based program being developed to assist students with comprehension of science text. The program incorporates research-based recommendations for effective reading comprehension suggested by the Institute of Education Science (IES). Efforts to turn the IES recommendations into a coherent software product that motivates learners are described, as is the process of incorporating student and teacher feedback to improve the usability of the product. Preliminary results suggest that the program operates efficiently, motivates students, and may substantially impact student comprehension of science text.
Descriptors: Nonfiction, Reading Comprehension, Middle School Students, Computer Software, Science Instruction, Usability, Student Motivation, Educational Research, Web Based Instruction, Vocabulary Development, Learner Engagement, Best Practices, Literacy Education, Teaching Methods, Discussion (Teaching Technique), Learning Strategies, Student Characteristics, Intervention, Scores
Behavioral Research Press. Grambling State University, Math Department, P.O. Box 1191, Grambling, LA 71245. Tel: 318-274-2425; Web site: http://erquarterly.org/
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Connecticut; New Jersey