Computer-based reading programs: A preliminary investigation of two parent-implemented programs with students at risk for reading failure

In 2000, National Reading Panelists (NRP) reported that computer delivered reading instruction has potential for promoting the reading skills of students at-risk for reading failure. However, panelists also noted a scarcity of data present in the literature on the effects of computer-based reading instruction. This preliminary investigation examined the effects of two parent implemented computer-based reading programs on the reading skills of 25 students at-risk for reading failure/difficulties/disabilities in grades K, 1, & 2. Further, a questionnaire was administered with parents and students to elicit their perceptions of the effectiveness and desirability of the programs. The results indicate that computer-based programs are effective in increasing certain basic early literacy skills of students at-risk for reading failure. The results, implications, and limitations are discussed.

Pindiprolu, S.S., & Forbush, D.
Journal of the International Association of Special Education, Vol. 10 (1), 71-81.
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