Spelling checkers and students with learning disabilities: Performance comparisons and impact on spelling

Two studies with a total of 82 students (grades 5-7) with learning disabilities found that, unaided, students corrected 9% of their errors; with spelling checkers, they corrected 37% of errors. Spelling checkers failed to identify about 30% of errors. Students usually selected the correct word from spelling checker suggestions. Writing

Author: 
MacArthur, C. A., Graham, S., Haynes, J. B., & DeLaPaz, S.
Year: 
1996
Source: 
Journal of Special Education, Vol. 30, 35-57.
Type: 
Related Research
Content Area: 
writing
IDEA Disability Category: 
specific learning disability
Instructional Support: 
multiple formats of text and notation
practice and reinforcement activities