Dissertation Defense: Robert Cunningham for Doctor of Philosophy in Education
The Effects of Word Prediction and Text-to-Speech on the Writing Process of Translating
M.S. in Occupational Therapy, Eastern Kentucky University, July, 1993
B.S. in Occupational Therapy, University of North Dakota, December, 1988
Date: April 12, 2013
Time: 3:00-4:00 p.m.
Place: Conference Room in the Office of Dean of the College of Education
Announcement: Original Grad School Announcement
The purpose of this study was to determine the effects of the combination of word prediction and text-to-speech software on the writing process of translating. Participants for this study included 10 elementary and middle school students who had a diagnosis of disorder of written expression. A modified multiple case series was used to collect data over a three-week period. The participants were asked to describe in writing what was happening in a picture-based writing prompt. The participants responded in writing using word processor software alone in the pretest condition and using the word prediction, text-to-speech software WordQ in the posttest condition. The results provided support for the use of the word prediction and text-to-speech features in WordQ with students who have a diagnosis of disorder of written expression. The participants’ written work was significant for having fewer spelling errors, increased syntactic maturity as measured by mean T-unit length and fewer overall words produced when using the WordQ software.
Defense of Dissertation Committee
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