A Comparative Study of the Effects of Computer-Assisted Instruction on the Reading Achievement of First Graders

Authors

  • Tracey Renae Hudson Mobile County Public Schools
  • Dr. Linda Reeves University of South Alabama
  • Dr. Rebecca M. Giles University of South Alabama
  • Dr. Lauren R. Brannan University of South Alabama

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.56887/galiteracy.18

Keywords:

first grade, computer-assisted instruction, reading achievement

Abstract

With reading proficiently by the end of third grade as a common goal, many school districts are exploring options to enhance early reading instruction. The purpose of this study was to investigate whether the supplemental, computer-assisted reading program i-Ready would significantly affect first grade students’ reading achievement. Participants (n=159) were first graders at two elementary schools - treatment (n= 82) and comparison n= 77). An independent samples t-test was used to compare the mid-year reading achievement scores of the treatment and comparison groups and found no statistically significant differences between groups. Following 10 weeks of twice-weekly 45-minute sessions of i-Ready reading instruction for the treatment group, an independent samples t-test showed that no statistically significant differences in reading achievement existed between the treatment and comparison groups. Several possibilities for this finding are discussed. 

Author Biographies

  • Tracey Renae Hudson, Mobile County Public Schools

    Tracy Hudson is a district-level Reading Specialist with Mobile County Public Schools. 

  • Dr. Linda Reeves, University of South Alabama

    Dr. Linda Reeves ([email protected]) teaches in the Department of Leadership and Teacher Education, College of Education and Professional Studies at the University of South Alabama in Mobile, AL.

  • Dr. Rebecca M. Giles, University of South Alabama

    Dr. Rebecca M. Giles ([email protected]) teaches in the Department of Leadership and Teacher Education, College of Education and Professional Studies at the University of South Alabama in Mobile, AL.

  • Dr. Lauren R. Brannan, University of South Alabama

    Dr. Lauren R. Brannan ([email protected]) teaches in the Department of Leadership and Teacher Education, College of Education and Professional Studies at the University of South Alabama in Mobile, AL.

Effects of Computer-Assisted Instruction on the Reading Achievement of First Graders

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04/24/2020

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How to Cite

Hudson, T. R., Reeves, L., Giles, R. M., & Brannan, L. R. (2020). A Comparative Study of the Effects of Computer-Assisted Instruction on the Reading Achievement of First Graders. Georgia Journal of Literacy, 43(1), 49-64. https://doi.org/10.56887/galiteracy.18

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