Influence of content and design of educational courseware on reading accuracy

Kim Hua Tan, Adzuhaidah bt M Taha

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Abstract

This article explores the perception of users on the content and design of 'Try Your Wit', an educational courseware for English Language teaching purposes in aiding reading comprehension. It also aims to examine the relationship between content and design to accuracy as well as reading comprehension to reading strategies. Subjects of this study are 60 engineering students from a Technical School in Kuala Lumpur. A pilot study was conducted to validate the courseware and questionnaires. The courseware 'Try Your Wit' is validated against another courseware in the market' to ensure that it is a fair representation of course wares for educational purposes. Data analysis were done using three research instruments namely; Accuracy Chart (questions to evaluate accuracy), a questionnaire on design and content, and another set on reading strategies. The respondents' accuracy is assessed through the overall scores obtained in answering the questions, taking into consideration the number of attempts measured by way of 'reduction weightage'. Preference for design and content as well as for the reading strategies were observed through the mean scores derived from frequency counts. Analysis of Accuracy Chart revealed accuracy for the tasks in the courseware, indicative of high comprehension. Results suggest that the courseware's design and content contribute to high accuracy and by extension, reading comprehension. In addition, the splash screen (welcome screen) which offers an overview of what the courseware is all about helps the most in aiding reading comprehension while the most common reading strategies employed are predicting and monitoring.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)55-65
Number of pages11
JournalEuropean Journal of Social Sciences
Volume10
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2009

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Keywords

  • Content
  • Course ware
  • Design
  • Reading accuracy
  • Reading strategies
  • Relationship

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Influence of content and design of educational courseware on reading accuracy. / Tan, Kim Hua; Taha, Adzuhaidah bt M.

In: European Journal of Social Sciences, Vol. 10, No. 1, 10.2009, p. 55-65.

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