ERIC Number: EJ1041878
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Abstractor: As Provided
Supporting Striving Readers through Technology-Based Instruction
Laverick, DeAnna M.
Reading Improvement, v51 n1 p11-19 Spr 2014
The purpose of this research was to determine if reading specialist candidates improve the reading proficiency of their students through the use of digital, technology-based teaching techniques and materials. The candidates were certified teachers who provided individualized and small-group instruction to K-6 children while the candidates were enrolled in their capstone seminar and practicum reading courses. The candidates implemented technology-based assessment and instruction during a summer reading program for children who were striving readers. The summer reading program was embedded in the seminar and practicum courses. Data were collected through a questionnaire, observations, and the analysis of a teacher work sample completed by each candidate. Findings indicate that the candidates: (1) perceived the digital technology-based instructional techniques and tools used in the practicum improved their students' reading proficiency and (2) their professional growth was enhanced as a result of implementing these digital techniques and tools. The study concludes that technology-based reading instruction was found to be effective in improving the reading proficiency of striving readers.
Descriptors: Reading Instruction, Teaching Methods, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Reading Skills, Individualized Instruction, Small Group Instruction, Reading Teachers, Specialists, Summer Programs, Reading Programs, Reading Difficulties, Seminars, Practicums, Teacher Education Programs, Questionnaires, Observation, Attitude Measures, Graduate Students, Masters Programs, Technology Integration, Elementary School Students, Kindergarten, Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Elementary Education; Kindergarten; Primary Education; Early Childhood Education; Grade 1; Grade 2; Grade 3; Grade 4; Intermediate Grades; Grade 5; Middle Schools; Grade 6
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