As part of the Gaia Technologies professional learning programme at Cranford Community College , we supported teacher Kerry Mulhair with a small practice-based research project to investigate the impact of e-readers on the motivation of boys to read. Gaia commissioned MirandaNet to support Kerry with the action research and provided six Kindle Fire devices for the pilot project.
We are pleased to announce that Kerry has received her MirandaNet Fellowship for this piece of work. ‘Reading is my passion’: Exploring the use of e-readers as an intervention strategy for boys who are struggling to read is now published.
You will see that the impact on boys was significant in this short, small-scale pilot and we think it is worth sharing. There was not a clear impact on the Salford reading scores at this stage but we decided that teachers undertaking small pilots in their classrooms cannot expect reliable quantitative measures of impact. However, this should not prevent them from undertaking practice-based research. Although enthusiasm is not quantifiable or expressed in scores it was pleasing for the teacher and the researcher to observe that this pilot had made a difference to the boys’ willingness to overcome the reading challenges they faced when they used an e-reader. The fact that they enjoyed the multi-modal experience of pictures and sound in understanding a book indicated that this method of transmission accorded with their wider experience of story in the digital age.
Gaia wishes to thank Dr Christina Preston (MirandaNet) for her support with this project.