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Collaborative Strategic Reading on Multi-Touch and Multi-User Digital Tabletop Displays

Lookup NU author(s): Jaber Maslamani, Dr Scott Windeatt, Professor Patrick OlivierORCiD, Dr Philip HeslopORCiD, Dr Ahmed KharrufaORCiD, Dr John Shearer, Dr Madeline Balaam


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This paper is part of a work-in-progress that reports on the design, development,and evaluation of a Digital Collaborative Strategic Reading (DCSR) application withregard to its effectiveness in improving English as a second language (ESL) readingcomprehension. The DCSR application allows users to read collaboratively on multitouchand multi-user digital tabletop displays that support both face-to-face and computerbasedinteraction. The application is designed to provide systematic instruction on tabletopcomputers using four main comprehension strategies that form the Collaborative StrategicReading (CSR) instructional approach. The paper addresses one main research question:‘How does the use of the tabletop-based reading application (DCSR) affect learners’reading processes and outcomes?”, and the following sub-questions: (1) What is the impactof the tabletop-based reading system on learners’ reading scores with regard to the readingassessments? (2) How do learners collaboratively construct meaning on the tabletop?To answer these research questions, the subjects used the DCSR application on tabletopcomputers in groups of four, once a week for 5 weeks. Data were collected and analysedusing both qualitative and quantitative methods. Each reading session was preceded by acloze test and followed by two types of assessment: a written recall test and a cloze test;The paper will report on the design of the software and the administration of the study, butwill focus on the analysis of the data from the different sources, and present insights intothe nature of collaborative reading using the DCSR application on a tabletop computer.

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Author(s): Maslamani JA, Windeatt S, Olivier P, Heslop P, Kharrufa A, Shearer J, Balaam M

Editor(s): Bradley, L.., Thouësny, S.

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: EUROCALL

Year of Conference: 2012

Pages: 211-216



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ISBN: 9781908416032