Educational issues came to a head when NCLB came into play. Each state is doing its best to confront these issues with intervention methods. This occurred in my district two years ago as with adopted a new Language Arts program. Our district chose to use an animated software program to help students with five different areas: phonics, phonemic awareness, comprehension, fluency and vocabulary.
At first when I looked at my topic, I wanted to research just the gains in fluency of technology based intervention vs. tradition intervention. However, as a classroom teacher, reading online articles and conferring with my online peers, it seems that I should not limit my research to just fluency but all areas that affect the reading program. I decided that just because a child is fluent in reading does not mean the comprehension is there. I want to research the whole picture of the child in reading.
So here is my revisited problem statement:
I plan to investigate if K-5 students who are provided with technology based reading interventions have an increase in learning gain as compared to students who receive traditional reading interventions on standardized tests.
Those students who test on Tier 2 or 3 will utilize the online interventions. Students on Tier 1 will continue with the “normal” classroom instruction. My hope is to research these students as they progress from grade to grade. The students studied will change slightly if students leave the school. I plan to include literature from a variety of online reading intervention programs; however, I want to make sure they are scientifically based interventions.
Because we are in a highly technology world, I believe that the students utilizing the online intervention program will progress faster, and I will find the intervention to be more effective than the traditional approach. I am eager to read more articles and to do my own research. With that being said, I do have some initial questions:
*Did the online interventions in all 5 areas of reading prove to exceed that of the traditional approach?
* Who did the research?
*How many schools and what grades utilized the programs?
*What was the demographics of the schools involved?
*What type of intervention was the traditional group using?
There are outlying factors that weigh into a study such as this:
*Was the same teachers there during the entire research (was there a substitute or student teacher)?
*Were the teachers who participated in the program all tenured teachers--how many years of experience did each have?
I believe my problem appears to be a quantitive analysis because of the numbers and statistics that are involved.
Let me know if you think I should change anything or give me any advice.