Supporting Social Studies Reading Comprehension with an Electronic Pop-up Dictionary

Winter 2007-2008

Source: . Journal of Research on Technology in Education, Volume 40 Number 2, Winter 2007-2008, pp. 127-39.

This study investigated how middle school students’ comprehension was impacted by reading social studies texts online with a pop-up dictionary function for every word in the text. A quantitative counterbalance design was used to determine how 129 middle school students’ reading comprehension test scores for the pop-up dictionary reading differed from test scores for reading hard-copy texts or an online text without the dictionary.

The pop-up dictionary reading was shown to be a statistically effective method for improving student test scores. The results suggest pop-up dictionaries may provide a helpful intervention for increasing middle-level learners’ reading comprehension.

Updated: Mar. 09, 2008