Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Identifier

1160

Date

2014

Date of Award

6-2-2014

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Education

Major

Instr and Curr Leadership

Concentration

Instruction and Curriculum

Committee Chair

Lee Allen

Committee Member

Louis Franceschini

Committee Member

Clif Mims

Committee Member

Allen Seed

Abstract

This study examined the effectiveness of Headsprout Early Reading to augment fluency abilities for second grade students in an urban public school system. Headsprout, a Computer-Assisted Instruction program (CAI), provided internet-based reading instruction based on the National Reading Panel's recommendations. All second grade students were assessed to determine who would use the program. Second grade students who participated in Headsprout sessions were compared with second grade students who did not use Headsprout. All participants were assessed again at the end of the study.Analysis of the students' gains was conducted using a Repeated Measures Analysis of Variance (R-ANOVA). It revealed that the participants showed more growth from their entry benchmark and exit benchmark scores than from their entry benchmark and mid-entry benchmark scores. Results of a Regression-Discontinuity Data design approach analysis showed an observable "discontinuity" between the mean averages for the treatment group and control group. Overall, results were more significant for those studentswho had participated in the program.

Comments

Data is provided by the student.

Library Comment

dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.

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