Developing Electronic-Book to Build Elementary Students Word Knowledge Comprehension Monitoring and Reading Comprehension

Project: Research project

Project Details


Scope of Work for Danielle McNamara

Co-Principal Investigator, Danielle McNamara, PhD will commit .375 summer months effort each year of the project. Dr. McNamara will provide advice and feedback in her areas her expertise on learning strategies, data mining, natural language processing, and technology to the testing of the We-books. Additionally, she will help conduct data mining and natural language processing analyses. The overarching theme of Dr. McNamaras research is to better understand cognitive processes involved in comprehension, writing, knowledge acquisition, and memory, and to apply that understanding to educational practice by developing and testing educational technologies (e.g., Coh-Metrix, iSTART, Writing Pal). Two of her projects, The Writing Pal and iSTART, are computer assisted learning programs designed to advance students writing and reading comprehension. Coh-Metrix is a text analysis tool designed to advance our understanding of the nature of text difficulty. She has published over 350 papers and secured over 20 million in federal funding. She will bring this wealth of expertise to the design of the e-books. Her work has been funded by the IES, the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Office of Naval Research, the McDonnell Foundation, and the Gates Foundation.

Effective start/end date7/1/176/30/21


  • US Department of Education (DOEd): $210,000.00


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