Universal Journal of Educational Research Vol. 5(5), pp. 757 - 764
DOI: 10.13189/ujer.2017.050508
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The Effectiveness of a Tablet Computer-aided Intervention Program for Improving Reading Fluency


Ahmet Bilal Özbek 1,*, Alev Girli 2
1 Faculty of Educational Sciences, Ankara University, Turkey
2 Buca Faculty of Education, Dokuz Eylul University, Turkey

ABSTRACT

The purpose of this study is to determine the effectiveness of a tablet computer-aided intervention program for improving reading fluency. It also investigates the opinions of students and parents about this intervention by using skill- and performance-based techniques, which have been investigated qualitatively. Three students with a learning disability who are in the third or fourth grades participated in the study. The multiple baselines across participants design which is one of the single-subject experimental models has been used as an experimental design and results are presented with graphics. The findings show that the tablet computer-aided intervention program improved the reading fluency of the students with a learning disability. According to the qualitative data, the students' views about the tablet computer-aided reading fluency intervention were generally positive, indicating that this study was fun and motivated them to study. Although the parents had concerns that studying with a tablet could be perceived as a means of entertainment, they also thought the intervention was effective and wanted their children to have access to a tablet computer for educational purposes.

KEYWORDS
Tablet Computer, Reading Fluency, Learning Disability, Reading Difficulties

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Ahmet Bilal Özbek , Alev Girli . "The Effectiveness of a Tablet Computer-aided Intervention Program for Improving Reading Fluency." Universal Journal of Educational Research 5.5 (2017) 757 - 764. doi: 10.13189/ujer.2017.050508.