Impact Of Technology On Early Literacy Skills

1104 Words Oct 12th, 2015 5 Pages
Quantitative Article Critique
R. Jamal Sanders, B.S.
Georgia Southern University

Cubelic, C., & Larwin, K. (2014, January). The use of iPad technology in the kindergarten classroom: A quasi-experimental investigation of the impact on early literacy skills. Comprehensive Journal of Educational Research, 2(4), 47-59. Cubelic and Larwin’s article explored the usage of the second generation iPad in kindergarten classrooms and its effect on the early development of literacy skills in kindergarten students. The literacy skills were measured by using an assessment tool known as DIBELS, which stands for Dynamic Indicators of Basic Literacy Skills. The researcher wanted to know if there would be a significant amount of development of the literacy skills by utilizing the iPads during class time. The article discussed this as a level of importance because kindergarteners report to school in an inquisitive state, and as a result, they have many questions that open their ability to learn. The authors provided an extensive review of literature that enhanced the importance of this quantitative study. The major topics that were presented in the literature review were on technology integration in education as to how it related to student engagement, motivation, and learning. Although the researchers stated a valid research question, I didn’t find a statement of the specific hypothesis. The researchers chose to test four unique areas of literacy, which included…
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