Use of Reading and Math Software to examine Reading Gains for Young Children
Haya Shamir, Kim Brown, Erin Johnson, Waterford Research Institute, United States
EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Honolulu, HI, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-73-0 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC
The Waterford Early Reading Program (WERP) and the Waterford Early Math and Science (WEMS) are a computer adaptive reading, math and science programs for pre-kindergarten to second grade students. A study looked into students’ gains when using the software. One treatment group completed the program using both WERP and WEMS, while two other treatment groups received one or the other. The fourth group, controls, did not receive any computerized instruction. All students completed pre and post-testing with a standardized reading measure in order to determine relative gains. The results show that students using the WERP program had significant gains in reading scores over those using WEMS and those in the control group. This was true for both the students who received only WERP and those who received WERP combined with WEMS. These results suggest that a computer-based technology program can benefit pre-kindergarten children if the program is subject-based and of a specific curriculum.
Shamir, H., Brown, K. & Johnson, E. (2009). Use of Reading and Math Software to examine Reading Gains for Young Children. In G. Siemens & C. Fulford (Eds.), Proceedings of ED-MEDIA 2009--World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications (pp. 3347-3353). Honolulu, HI, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
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