An evaluation of the effectiveness of a computer-assisted reading intervention

Messer, David and Nash, Gilly (2018). An evaluation of the effectiveness of a computer-assisted reading intervention. Journal of Research in Reading, 41(1) pp. 140–158.



Background. A cost-effective method to address reading delays is to use computer-assisted learning, but these are not always effective.

Methods. We evaluated a commercially available computer system which uses visual mnemonics, in a randomised controlled trial with 78 English speaking children (mean age 7;7 years) who their schools identified as needing reading support. School based individual tutorials usually took place 2-3 times/week. Only the experimental group received the intervention in the first 10 months, thereafter both the experimental and control groups received the intervention for 6 months.

Results. After 10 months the experimental group had significantly higher standardised scores than the waiting list control group of decoding, phonological awareness, naming speed, phonological short-term memory and executive loaded working memory.

Conclusions. The computer-assisted intervention was effective and this suggests that this medium can be used for reading interventions with English speaking children.

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