Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

A Study of the Effect of Actively Learn on Secondary Reading Engagement, Reading Comprehension, and Vocabulary
by Spencer, Tina Rae, Ed.D., Lindenwood University, 2018, 130; 10934579
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this study was to determine if the use of the reading platform Actively Learn affected the reading engagement, reading comprehension, and vocabulary achievement of secondary students. The area of secondary reading achievement has seen no significant improvement over the past four decades (National Center for Educational Statistics, 2017). The research questions were designed to use quantitative pre-test and post-test data from the Metacognitive Awareness of Reading Strategies Inventory (MARSI) and the Standardized Test for the Assessment of Reading (STAR) to determine if the use of Actively Learn, combined with the use of embedded questions to encourage metacognitive strategies and timely feedback from the instructor, affected secondary reading engagement and achievement. The data demonstrated a statistically significant improvement in student perceptions of reading engagement strategies on the MARSI from pre-test to post-test after application of Actively Learn. However, data from the STAR reflected no significant difference in student achievement in the areas of reading comprehension or vocabulary after using Actively Learn.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Williams, Julie
Commitee: Grover, Kathy, Reid, Terry
School: Lindenwood University
Department: Education
School Location: United States -- Missouri
Source: DAI-A 80/01(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Educational evaluation, Secondary education, Reading instruction
Keywords: Reading achievement, Reading comprehension, Reading engagement
Publication Number: 10934579
ISBN: 978-0-438-36971-9
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