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Computer assisted spelling instruction: The effect of the educational software ‘Snappet’ on the ability to spell of students in fifth grade

In a quasi-experimental study in two fifth grade classes, the effect of using the computer program ‘Snappet’ on the growth in spelling ability was evaluated. Snappet consists of an application for use in primary education to instruct pupils in language, arithmetic and other subjects. Two classes with a total of 46 pupils participated in the study. Results show that pupils using the Snappet application showed a significantly smaller learning gain in spelling ability than students working with pencil and paper. It is concluded that teaching spelling with the Snappet application seems less efficient for the pupils in our sample than teaching spelling with pencil and paper and that further research is needed to ascertain what causes the negative effect of the application use with fifth grade pupils.
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Keywords: computer assisted education; primary education; quasi-experiment; spelling instruction

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 01 March 2017

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  • Het Tijdschrift voor Taalbeheersing verschijnt drie keer per jaar en biedt een platform aan taalbeheersers om de resultaten van wetenschappelijk onderzoek naar taal- en tekstgebruik te publiceren. Het onderzoek waarover gerapporteerd wordt, richt zich zowel op schriftelijke als mondelinge taalvaardigheid, op begrijpelijk en/of effectief taalgebruik, op vormen en functies van verschillende tekstgenres en op taalkundige kenmerken van communicatie. Het tijdschrift biedt ruimte aan onderzoek vanuit verschillende disciplines zoals taalwetenschap, tekstwetenschap, conversatie-analyse, communicatiewetenschap, psychologie, onderwijskunde, argumentatietheorie en retorica.

    The Dutch-language journal Tijdschrift voor Taalbeheersing is a platform for academics to publish research results about the use of language and texts. The research focuses on written and oral language skills, on understandable and/or effective language usage, on characteristics of different text genres and on characteristics of texts in communication.
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