The promise of automatic speech recognition for fostering literacy growth in children and adults

In her research chapter, “The Promise of Automatic Speech [Voice] Recognition for Fostering Fluency Growth in Children and Adults,” Dr. Marilyn Jager Adams outlined the findings of her 2006 Framingham, MA efficacy study wherein fluency gains for students using the technology edition of QuickReads far exceed those gains among students in the control group in a brief 17-week study in which actual reading time as measured by the software was, on average, only 8 minutes per session. Dr. Adams explains: "In our study of grade 2–5 classrooms, those using QuickReads Technology for about 20 half-hour sessions showed remarkable growth in fluency. Their gains surpassed norm-based expectations by as much as 40% or nearly half a school year." Dr. Adams' study demonstrates the important contributions technology can make towards closing the literacy gap when it is properly integrated into classroom instruction.

Adams, M.J.
International handbook of literacy and technology, 2, 109-128.
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