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The Effect of Computer Simulation Training on Ability to Administer an Informal Reading Inventory

Maribeth Henney and Vicki Boysen
The Journal of Educational Research
Vol. 72, No. 5 (May - Jun., 1979), pp. 265-270
Published by: Taylor & Francis, Ltd.
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/27537238
Page Count: 6
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The Effect of Computer Simulation Training on Ability to Administer an Informal Reading Inventory
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Abstract

This study examined the effect of computer simulation training on elementary teacher trainees' ability to administer an Informal Reading Inventory (IRI) to a child and interpret it. After initial in-class instruction for all trainees, the experimental group participated in the simulation and then gave an IRI to a child. The order of these steps was reversed for the control group. Analysis of results showed no significant differences between groups in ability to administer the IRI accurately, but the experimental group scored significantly higher (p < .02) in their ability to diagnose reading skill weaknesses correctly. The experimental group also had a more favorable attitude (p < .03) toward developing lesson plans based on skills weaknesses identified by the IRI.

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