Improving Child Literacy in Africa: Experiments with an Automated Reading Tutor

G. Ayorkor Korsah, Jack Mostow, M Bernardine Dias, Tracy Morrison Sweet, Sarah M. Belousov, Malcolm Frederick Dias, and Haijun Gong
Information Technologies & International Development, Vol. 6, No. 2, July, 2010, pp. 1-19.


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Abstract
This paper describes Project Kané, a research endeavor aimed at exploring the role that technology can play in improving child literacy in developing communities. An initial pilot study and a subsequent four-month-long controlled field study in Ghana investigated the viability and effectiveness of an automated reading tutor in helping urban children enhance their reading skills in English. In addition to quantitative data suggesting that automated tutoring can be useful for some children in this setting, these studies and an additional preliminary pilot study in Zambia yielded useful qualitative observations regarding the feasibility of applying technology solutions to the challenge of enhancing child literacy in developing communities. This paper presents the findings, observations, and lessons learned from the field studies.

Keywords
Literacy, Automated Reading Tutor

Notes
Associated Center(s) / Consortia: Field Robotics Center
Associated Lab(s) / Group(s): TechBridgeWorld
Number of pages: 19

Text Reference
G. Ayorkor Korsah, Jack Mostow, M Bernardine Dias, Tracy Morrison Sweet, Sarah M. Belousov, Malcolm Frederick Dias, and Haijun Gong, "Improving Child Literacy in Africa: Experiments with an Automated Reading Tutor," Information Technologies & International Development, Vol. 6, No. 2, July, 2010, pp. 1-19.

BibTeX Reference
@article{Korsah_2010_6728,
   author = "G. Ayorkor Korsah and Jack Mostow and M Bernardine Dias and Tracy Morrison Sweet and Sarah M Belousov and Malcolm Frederick Dias and Haijun Gong",
   title = "Improving Child Literacy in Africa: Experiments with an Automated Reading Tutor",
   journal = "Information Technologies & International Development",
   pages = "1-19",
   month = "July",
   year = "2010",
   volume = "6",
   number = "2",
}