Date of Award

12-2003

Degree Name

Master of Arts

Department

Teaching, Learning and Educational Studies

First Advisor

Dona Icabone, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Howard Pode, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Paula Jamison, Ph.D.

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Campus Only

Abstract

This study investigated the effects of a computerized reading program, Reading Plus, on the reading levels of students aged 6-10 years. Each of the 25 participants was individually pre- and post-tested using the STAR Reading Test and Visagraph II visual skills test. Upon completion of 12-14 training sessions by the experimental group, findings revealed no significant differences between the experimental and control groups' reading and vision scores, except for a significant improvement in the experimental group's mean average duration of fixation (t value = .031, p = .975).

Recommendations included use of Reading Plus during the regular school year rather than in summer school, with upper elementary and secondary students who have sufficient reading skills to benefit from fluency training, and continued research studies of longer duration on this topic.

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