In case you missed them: two new research reviews

The Institute for Effective Education at the University of York and the Johns Hopkins School of Education’s Center for Research and Reform in Education (CRRE) released two new research reviews over the summer:

Findings from the primary science review support a view that improving outcomes in primary science depends on improving teachers’ skills in presenting lessons, engaging and motivating pupils, and integrating science and reading. Technology applications that help teachers teach more compelling lessons and that use video to reinforce lessons also showed promise.

The technology and struggling readers review found that educational technology applications produced a positive but modest effect on the reading skills of struggling readers in comparison to “business as usual” methods. Among four types of educational technology applications reviewed, small-group integrated applications such as Lindamood Phoneme Sequence Program and Read, Write, and Type produced the largest effect sizes, but these were mostly evaluated in small studies, which tend to overstate programme impacts.

To view these and other reports, visit theBest Evidence Encyclopaedia.

Sources: Effective programmes for primary science (2012), Best Evidence Encyclopedia, Educational technology applications for struggling readers (2012), Best Evidence Encyclopedia

Educational technology and reading achievement

In the last issue of Best Evidence in Brief, we highlighted findings from a review of research into the effects of technology use on mathematics achievement completed by the Johns Hopkins School of Education’s Center for Research and Reform in Education (CRRE). Related to this topic is an updated CRRE review that focuses on the effects of technology use on reading achievement.

Consistent with the technology and maths review, findings on reading technology suggest that educational technology applications produce a positive, though small, effect on achievement in comparison to traditional methods. Showing the most promise were innovative technology applications and integrated literacy interventions with the support of extensive professional development.

Source: The effectiveness of education technology for enhancing maths achievement (2011), Best Evidence Encyclopedia