British Journal of Education Psychology (2016)

A randomized controlled trial of an early‐intervention, computer‐based literacy program to boost phonological skills in 4‐ to 6‐year‐old children

Citation:
O’Callaghan, P., McIvor, A., McVeigh, C., & Rushe, T. (2016). A randomized controlled trial of an early-intervention, computer-based literacy program to boost phonological skills in 4-to-6-year-old children. British Journal of Educational Psychology, 86, 546-558.

Abstract

This randomized controlled study evaluated the effectiveness of the Lexia Core5 Reading intervention on students aged 4-6 in Northern Ireland. Ninety-eight primary school students with weaker reading skills were randomly placed in either a treatment group that received the Core5 intervention or a control group that did not. Core5 users experienced significantly greater gains than the control group in standardized measures of blending and non-word reading.

Key Findings

  • Core5 users demonstrated significantly greater gains on measures of blending and non-word reading than control group students
  • In the treatment group, student gender and English as a first or additional language were not predictive of blending scores indicating the program was successful across subgroups.
  • Analysis of a 2-month follow-up indicated that gains in blending, non-word reading, and phoneme segmentation were maintained in the treatment group.

 

 

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