Digital Media Performance and Reading Comprehension: A Correlational Study with Brazilian Students

Digital Media Performance and Reading Comprehension: A Correlational Study with Brazilian Students

Maria Cristina Azevedo Joly Rodrigues (Sao Francisco University, Brazil) and Ronei Ximenes Martins (Sao Francisco University, Brazil)
DOI: 10.4018/jwltt.2008010104
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Abstract

The information and communication technologies (ICTs) present in the Brazilian education system determine the development of technology literacy among teachers and students, which can be measured by ICT performance. The Technology Performance Scale (EDETEC) is a self-reporting psychometric instrument to verify what the students’ conceptions are about ICT and their performance in using technology tools. Considering the necessity of the acquisition of both technology literacy and reading comprehension skills to use ICT resources, this study aimed to know the ICT performance, reading comprehension achievement, and the possible relations among them. The participants were 63 Brazilian students from K10 and K11. The EDETEC and Cloze Test with options were applied by school and grade. The best ICT performance referred to the concept and productivity tools factor (F2), and the ANCOVA (analysis of covariance) statistic test identified the influence of the grade and genre in it. There was positive correlation between reading comprehension and EDETEC.

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