Research - Learning English
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Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Scope of Work
Evaluation of use of Reading Horizons software in the MAR*TEC Adult Literacy/English
as a Second Language Project
Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE)
February 2005 - June 2005
Temple University, in conjunction with the Center for Research in Human Development
and Education (CRHDE) and the Mid-Atlantic Regional Technology in Education Consortium
(MAR*TEC) conducted a research evaluation on the Reading Horizons computer courseware
from February 2005 - June 2005. The adult learners involved in the project were
pre- and post-tested using the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE).
There were 10 learners involved in the study, with ages ranging from 22 to 67. Six
students were African-American, and four were ESL students from Haiti and Jamaica.
The highest grade completed in this group of learners was eleventh. All learners
pretested as reading below a fifth grade level.
The total amount of time spent by the learners using the software was 167 hours
and 28 minutes, which is an average of just under 16 hours and 45 minutes for each
learner. The smallest amount of time spent was 1 hour and 25 minutes, and the largest
amount of time spent was 51 hours and 41 minutes.
The instructors found the multi-sensory teaching method engaged students in a way
that helped them use their individual learning styles. Students were able to learn
independently using Reading Horizons courseware, and the Mastery, Drill and Practice
section of the software helped to internalize the decoding skills. The instructors
enjoyed using direct instruction to help the students be active participants which,
in turn, improved the students' confidence and independence.
Granite High School, Salt Lake City, Utah
Scope of Work
Data collection conducted by resource teacher at Granite High School in Salt Lake
Pre- and post-test provided with the Reading Horizons courseware (correlated with
the Slosson Oral Reading test)
Conducted August 2005-May
"My students are doing incredibly well. There was two-to-three years' progress
in four weeks. I thought, There is no way this is happening. But it happened over
and over and over with these students. To have a student who was at the kindergarten
reading level as a junior now reading at a fifth grade level ... you can't put a
value on that. One of my students picked up a book for the first time and read.
If students have the confidence to decode, then they will embrace reading. It is
truly one of the most rewarding semesters I've had teaching in my past 22 years!"