Effects of a multimedia enhanced reading buddies program on kindergarten and Grade 4 vocabulary and comprehension

Rebecca Silverman, Young Suk Kim, Anna Hartranft, Stephanie Nunn, Daniel McNeish

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Abstract

Reading buddies programs, which pair older and younger students to read books together on a regular basis, are common in many U.S. elementary schools. Yet, the research base on these programs is limited. Therefore, we conducted a quasiexperimental study of a reading buddies program targeting vocabulary and comprehension. The program we studied paired fourth-grade students with kindergarten students to read, talk, play, and write together. In all, 16 Grade 4 classrooms and 16 kindergarten classrooms participated in the treatment group and in the comparison group. The treatment included 10 one-hour sessions implemented over the course of roughly 10 weeks. Analyses revealed effects of treatment on proximal measures of vocabulary for both kindergarteners and fourth-grade students. However, there were no effects on distal measures for either group. Teachers' perceptions of the program are presented, and findings are discussed in light of the extant literature.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)391-404
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Educational Research
Volume110
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 4 2017
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Comprehension
  • cross-age peer learning
  • elementary
  • vocabulary

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education

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