Date of Award

Spring 5-15-2020

Document Type

Project (696 or 796 registration)

Degree Name

Master of Science in Curriculum & Instruction

Department

Graduate Studies

Committee Chair

David Kupferman

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to investigate the effectiveness of the application Super Why in preschool literacy skills. Adequate early childhood literacy skills are highly important for children entering Kindergarten to help ensure they are skilled in reading and writing. As many students still lack in literacy skills upon entering Kindergarten, this study was conducted to see if the use of tablets could help boost letter identification and letter sound skills in young learners. 14 preschool students participated in the study, all receiving normal literacy instruction. 7 of the students received an additional intervention of using the app Super Why on an iPad for 15 minutes per day for 4 weeks. The conclusion of the study gave some slightly positive effects on preschool literacy skills after using the app Super Why to help boost letter recognition and letter sound identification skills.

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