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Article at a glance: Audio books: Key resource to struggling readers

by Support Team October 01, 2018

Stolzfus, K. (2016). Audiobooks Support K-12 Students in the Classroom. EdWeek. September, 2016 and Willingham, D. Raising Kids Who Read: What Parents and Teachers Can Do. Jossey-Bass, 2015.

Purpose of the Article:The purpose of the article is to understand audiobooks as a critical support for readers in the K-12 classroom—particularly for those who struggle to read print books.

Background Information:
  • With the proliferation of technology in the classroom, there is an increasing embrace of digital content, including audiobooks, in most schools across the nation.
  • Nearly 70% of American schools provide audiobook experiences for their students.
  • Reading words in print involves two processes—comprehension and "decoding."
  • Developing listening comprehension skills is a way to strengthen and support reading comprehension.
  • Today's students are provided with more alternatives for reading media than students in any previous generation.

Key Findings:
Audiobooks are found to have the following benefits:
  • Studies show comprehension is equivalent whether a reader is listening or reading.
  • Audiobooks improve students' reading scores, increase students' positive attitudes about their reading ability, and offer students more personal choice in what they read.
  • The use of audiobooks can help all students read books above their reading level or learn new vocabulary.
  • Audiobooks provide opportunities for new and collaborative learning experiences.
  • There are many new and supportive methods in which to bring audiobooks into the classroom experience.

Application of Key Findings to Boardmaker Instructional Solutions:
  • Boardmaker Instructional Solutions are text-based curricula and include a text-to-speech component that parallels the audiobook experience.
  • The majority of students and classrooms that benefit from Boardmaker Instructional Solutions include students who read below grade level.
  • The majority of students that benefit from Boardmaker Instructional Solutions benefit from accessing learning materials in alternate formats.
  • Vocabulary development is a primary focus of Boardmaker Instructional Solutions.
  • The development of listening comprehension is a key instructional component to Boardmaker Instructional Solutions as these programs endeavor to engage students and to create a climate of positivity and capacity around reading development.
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