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Internet-based literacy development for middle school students with reading difficuties


Cooney, K and Hay, I, Internet-based literacy development for middle school students with reading difficuties, Literacy Learning: The Middle Years, 13, (1) pp. 36-44. ISSN 1320-5692 (2005) [Refereed Article]


In response to criticism that most of the evaluation studies investigating computer-assisted learning for middle school students with reading difficulties have focussed on a narrow decoding approach to reading, this research investigated the Internet's effectiveness to enhance students' literacy, reading achievement, and reading motivation. Year 9 secondary school students identified as having normal cognitive ability but a major reading difficulty were randomly selected into either a control or an intervention group. At the end of 10 weeks, students in the intervention group showed significant gains in reading performance and in their attitude to reading. In contrast, those in the nonintervention group who received their usual support program recorded little change. The strategies that contributed to the success of the literacy program are outlined.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Education systems
Research Field:Continuing and community education
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Learner and learning
Objective Field:Learner and learning not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Hay, I (Professor Ian Hay)
ID Code:60795
Year Published:2005
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2010-02-18
Last Modified:2010-02-18

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