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Examining the impact of ABRACADABRA on Early Literacy in Northern Australia: an implementation fidelity analysis

Wolgemuth, Jennifer R., Abrami, Philip C., Helmer, Janet, Savage, Robert, Harper, Helen A. and Lea, Tess (2014). Examining the impact of ABRACADABRA on Early Literacy in Northern Australia: an implementation fidelity analysis. The Journal of Educational Research,107(4):299-311.

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Title Examining the impact of ABRACADABRA on Early Literacy in Northern Australia: an implementation fidelity analysis
Author Wolgemuth, Jennifer R.
Abrami, Philip C.
Helmer, Janet
Savage, Robert
Harper, Helen A.
Lea, Tess
Journal Name The Journal of Educational Research
Publication Date 2014
Volume Number 107
Issue Number 4
ISSN 0022-0671   (check CDU catalogue  open catalogue search in new window)
Scopus ID 2-s2.0-84901830655
Start Page 299
End Page 311
Total Pages 13
Place of Publication United States
Publisher Routledge
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DIISR)
Abstract To address students’ poor literacy outcomes, an intervention using a computer-based literacy tool, ABRACADABRA, was implemented in 6 Northern Australia primary schools. A pretest, posttest parallel group, single blind multisite randomized controlled trial was conducted with 308 students between the ages of 4 and 8 years old (M age = 5.8 years, SD = 0.8 years). Findings suggested that computer-based instruction under controlled conditions can improve student literacy, especially for Indigenous students at risk of reading difficulties. The authors examine the fidelity with which the computer-based literacy tool was implemented and the impact of implementation fidelity measures on student outcomes. Student exposure to and use of the literacy tool, and quality of instruction and lesson delivery, were analyzed for their influence on students’ literacy outcomes. Implementation fidelity measures accounted for between 1.8% and 15% of the variance of intervention students’ scores.
Keywords experimental research
implementation fidelity
Indigenous students
literacy
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00220671.2013.823369   (check subscription with CDU E-Gateway service for CDU Staff and Students  check subscription with CDU E-Gateway in new window)
 
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