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Effects of a computer based beginning reading program on young children

Watson, T.; Hempenstall, K.
This study examined the effect of the Funnix Beginning Reading program on the reading achievement of kindergarten and first grade students. Fifteen students were instructed with the computer based Direct Instruction (DI) program at home by their parents. Reading achievement was determined by measuring growth in phonemic awareness, letter-sound fluency, non-word decoding skills, and oral reading fluency. Student reading achievement was compared to 16 students in a wait list comparison group. Pre- and posttest measures were conducted using a combination of five reading assessments. Results indicated that kindergarten students in the DI group demonstrated statistically significant growth on letter-sound fluency, oral reading fluency, non-word decoding, and phonemic awareness skills. First grade students in the DI group demonstrated significant growth on letter-sound fluency, letter-name knowledge, non-word decoding, and oral reading fluency. However, first grade comparison students made similar gains to those in the DI group on the letter-sound and oral reading fluency variables. First grade DI students demonstrated greater gains from pretest to posttest on phonemic awareness, letter-sound fluency, and oral reading fluency, than the comparison group, but the differences were not significant.(Copyright © 2011, National Institute for Direct Instruction (NIFDI). All rights reserved).
Research areas:
Main publication type:
Program Effectiveness
Funnix; reading; computer-assisted instruction; parent-delivered instruction; Fnnx
Australasian Journal of Educational Technology
Design type:
Pretest Posttest Control Group with Random Assignment Design
Fidelity monitored:
Students included:
Kindergarten students, elementary students, at-risk students, general education students
Other tags:
Texas Primary Reading Inventory, Comprehensive Test of Phonological Processing (CTOPP), Woodcock Reading Mastery Test, Brigance Comprehensive Inventory of Basic Skills

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