Examining the effects of ABRACADABRA, a web-based literacy program on primary school students in rural China

Abstract

This research will investigate the effects of ABRACADABRA (ABRA), a web-based literacy program developed by the Centre for the Study of Learning and Performance (CSLP) at Concordia University, on primary school children in Hunan, China. Approximately 700-1,000 third grade students from six-eight schools will participate in a year-long study. Schools will be randomly assigned to either treatment or control condition. Students will be pre-tested and post-tested before and after participating in the program.  The findings of the study hope to provide some evidence of the effects of ABRA on Chinese primary students in rural China, especially on the enhancement of phonological skills, thus leading to early success in the formative years of learning English.

Principal Investigator: Alan Cheung, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR, China

Co-investigators:

Barley Mak, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR, China

Sunny Guo, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR, China

Phil Abrami, Concordia University, Canada

Anne Wade, Concordia University, Canada

Research Site: Hunan, China