Open Access Graduate Research Paper
Reading (Middle school)--Computer-assisted instruction;
With increases in the availability of technology in the classroom many educators are looking to computer-based reading programs to help close the gap in student reading achievement. The purpose of this review is to examine research on computer-based reading programs meant to improve reading achievement in middle school students in grades 6-8. Over thirty peer-reviewed journal articles and professional papers within the last 10 years were critically analyzed. The research evidence showed inconsistency about the effects of Accelerated Reader on middle school students, the mixed results of computer-based reading programs on at-risk students, and the positive results of a balanced literacy program on reading achievement. Educators should approach computer-based programs with caution due to the mixed results found in studies reviewed for this literature review. Future research is needed to fully understand the magnitude and causes for the mixed results.
Year of Submission
Master of Arts
Department of Curriculum and Instruction
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©2014 Ann Hansen
Hansen, Ann, "A review of the effects of computer-based reading programs on middle school students" (2014). Graduate Research Papers. 174.