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Journal Article

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International Review of Education


This paper describes a short-term longitudinal study in South Africa, with children in grades 1-3, some of whom received a multimedia technology reading support program in one of three home languages and English (through exisiting computer labs in schools). Findings reveal a positive and significant impact on local language reading acquisition among children with multimedia support. The study shows that effective literacy support can help struggling rural learners make significant gains that will help them complete their schooling. The ability to accomplish a full cycle of primary school with fully developed reading skills has significant implications for life-long learning.

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This is a pre-publication version of an article accepted for publicaiton in the Internatioanl Review of Education. The final publication is forthcoming from Springer.


language, literacy, technology, learning assessment

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Available for download on Wednesday, January 01, 2020



Date Posted:03 July 2018