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The Impact of Fast ForWord® on Sixth Grade Students' Use of Standard Edited American English
by Rogowsky, Beth A., Ed.D., Wilkes University, 2010, 117; 3432348
Abstract (Summary)

This study investigated the impact of Fast ForWord® products, specifically Fast ForWord® Literacy (FFL) and Fast ForWord® Reading Level 2 (FFR2), on sixth grade students' use of Standard Edited American English (SEAE). Fast ForWord® is a computer-based program that focuses on phonological awareness and makes use of modeled grammatically-correct language, repetition of subject matter, instant feedback, individualized instruction, combined auditory and visual stimulation, and practice to enhance listening skills, all of which are critical components for improving grammar. Pretest-posttest control group experimental design was used. Eighty-one randomly selected sixth grade students took the Oral and Written Language Scales (OWLS) Written Expression Scale at the beginning and end of a 45-day marking period. The experimental group completed Fast ForWord® products and the control group did not. This study examined the impact of Fast ForWord® products on students' use of SEAE in both the experimental and control groups as measured by the OWLS Written Expression Scale. Results from this study found that there was a statistically significant difference in students' use of SEAE as measured by pretest and posttest scores of the OWLS Written Expression Scale between students who completed Fast ForWord® products and students who did not complete Fast ForWord® products.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Kropiewnicki, Mary I.
Commitee: Camoni, Gene A., Makuch, Kathleen C., Speziale, Michael J., Waskiewicz, Rhonda A.
School: Wilkes University
Department: Educational Leadership
School Location: United States -- Pennsylvania
Source: DAI-A 72/02, Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Language arts, Educational technology, Curriculum development
Keywords: Brain-based learning, Fast ForWord, Grammar, Grammar instruction, Middle-level learners, Standard Edited American English, Writing skills
Publication Number: 3432348
ISBN: 978-1-124-36030-0
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