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Examining the efficacy of two computerized reading programs for kindergarten students at -risk for reading and behavior problems


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This study investigated the effects of two computerized reading programs, Headsprout and Lexia, on the early reading skills of Kindergarten students. The Kindergarteners included typically developing students, as well as students at-risk for reading problems, behavior problems, and both reading and behavior problems. Risk status was determined through the use of the Systematic Screening for Behavior Disorders (SSBD) and the Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS). A treatment comparison design was used, whereby 42 students in one school received computerized supplemental reading instruction via the Headsprout program, while 44 students in another school served as the comparison group and used the computerized reading program, Lexia. Both schools used the computerized programs as supplements to the Scott Foresman reading curriculum. Data were collected on early literacy skill development using the DIBELS and the Group Reading Assessment and Diagnostic Evaluation (GRADE). The social validity of the Headsprout program was assessed through a survey administered to the teachers. Overall, the group receiving the Headsprout intervention outperformed the group receiving the Lexia intervention on all dependent measures, and statistical significance was found for two of the outcome measures. Limitations of the study, implications for educators, and suggestions for future research are also discussed.

Indexing (details)


Subject
Educational psychology;
Literacy;
Reading instruction;
Preschool education;
Elementary education
Classification
0525: Educational psychology
0535: Literacy
0535: Reading instruction
0518: Preschool education
0524: Elementary education
Identifier / keyword
Education; At risk; Behavior problems; Computerized reading programs; Kindergarten; Reading problems
Title
Examining the efficacy of two computerized reading programs for kindergarten students at -risk for reading and behavior problems
Author
Clarfield, Julie
Number of pages
117
Publication year
2006
Degree date
2006
School code
0118
Source
DAI-A 67/05, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9780542682834
Advisor
Stoner, Gary
University/institution
University of Massachusetts Amherst
University location
United States -- Massachusetts
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3216946
ProQuest document ID
305303290
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/305303290
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