Graduate Research Papers


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


Degree Name

Master of Arts


Department of Curriculum and Instruction

First Advisor

Ping Gao


If you are the rightful copyright holder of this graduate research paper and wish have it removed from the Open Access Collection, please submit a request to and include clear identification of the of the work, preferably with URL.

Date Original


Object Description

1 PDF file (ii, 38 pages)



File Format