Student self-reported reading efficacy using a text hyperlinked to an online dictionary
Angela Koponen, University of Northern Colorado, United States
University of Northern Colorado . Awarded
Research has shown that students who find required reading too difficult might avoid reading due to a lack of self-efficacy (Chapman & Tunmer, 1995; Guthrie, Coddington, & Wigfield, 2009; McRae & Guthrie, 2009; Strommen & Mates, 2004). Research has indicated that self-efficacy is positively related to motivation (Becca, 2001; Cole, 2002; Guthrie, 2000; Lau, 2009). Therefore, when students believe they can complete required readings with little difficulty or in a reasonable amount of time, they become more motivated to read. This study sought to establish a link between reading online with a hyperlinked dictionary and increased motivation to read. While not able to establish a significant increase in efficacy overall after the treatment of hyperlinking online text to an online dictionary, pockets of significant increases in efficacy in subscales and a positive attitude toward the use of a hyperlinked dictionary support further research and development of online reading materials that use a hyperlinked dictionary.
Koponen, A. Student self-reported reading efficacy using a text hyperlinked to an online dictionary. Ph.D. thesis, University of Northern Colorado.
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