iSTART-E: Reading comprehension strategy training for Spanish speakers

Kathryn S. McCarthy, Christian Soto, Cecilia Malbrán, Liliana Fonseca, Marian Simian, Danielle McNamara

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Abstract

Interactive Strategy Training for Active Reading and Thinking en Español, or iSTART-E, is a new intelligent tutoring system (ITS) that provides reading comprehension strategy training for Spanish speakers. This paper reports on studies evaluating the efficacy of iSTART-E in real-world classrooms in two different Spanish-speaking countries. In Study 1, Chilean high school students (n = 22) who practiced with iSTART-E showed significant gains on a standardized comprehension assessment (LECTUM) from pretest to posttest. In Study 2 (n = 85), Argentinian middle school students who practiced with iSTART-E showed greater gains on the ECOMPLEC.Sec comprehension test compared to those in control classrooms. Together these results suggest that iSTART-E is an effective means of enhancing Spanish speakers’ reading comprehension, with demonstrated transfer of training to standardized reading tests.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationArtificial Intelligence in Education - 19th International Conference, AIED 2018, Proceedings
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Pages215-219
Number of pages5
ISBN (Print)9783319938455
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2018
Event19th International Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Education, AIED 2018 - London, United Kingdom
Duration: Jun 27 2018Jun 30 2018

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume10948 LNAI
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349

Other

Other19th International Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Education, AIED 2018
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityLondon
Period6/27/186/30/18

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Keywords

  • Intelligent tutoring
  • Reading comprehension
  • Spanish

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science(all)

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McCarthy, K. S., Soto, C., Malbrán, C., Fonseca, L., Simian, M., & McNamara, D. (2018). iSTART-E: Reading comprehension strategy training for Spanish speakers. In Artificial Intelligence in Education - 19th International Conference, AIED 2018, Proceedings (pp. 215-219). (Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics); Vol. 10948 LNAI). Springer Verlag. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-93846-2_39