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International Journal of Information Technology & Computer Science ( IJITCS )

Abstract :

The aims of this study were to investigate the different effects of traditional picture book, interactive estorybook, and different backgrounds variables (genders) on kindergarteners’ reading comprehension. Quasi-experimental design was conducted for the current study with 30 five-year-old participants from a kindergarten in Taiwan. The subjects were divided into two groups: children read the story on an interactive e-storybook (the experimental group) and children read the story on a traditional picture book (the control group). Independent ttest of statistical analyses was be used in the study. The whole experiment was recorded by a VCR, and the qualitative data were also analyzed. The results of this study were revealed as the following: (1) Children who used an e-storybook got better scores on reading comprehension and textually explicit than children in the control group. (2) There were no significant differences between genders on the scores of reading comprehension and reading attitude. (3) Children who read an e-storybook could retell more literal information and provide better responses to theopen-ended questions compared to the control group. (4) Children from both groups prefer more interactive content design. Finally, according to the results of this study, some suggestions were provided for the educators, writers of the children’s storybooks, and future researches.

Keywords :

: interactive e-storybook; reading comprehension; kindergartener .

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