What effect does the use of vocabulary software have on the achievement and attitude of students?
The purpose of this five week study was to determine if the use of vocabulary software had any effect on the achievement and attitude of middle school students. The research was conducted in one school located in San Diego, California. There were 14 students that participated in the afterschool program, which was conducted two days a week. There were two vocabulary assessments and one technology attitude survey given to the students as a pretest and as a posttest. The data gathered from the pretests and posttests were then analyzed to determine if the results showed any differences in vocabulary achievement and student attitude between the beginning and end of the study. The results from the two vocabulary assessments indicated there were some differences in vocabulary achievement from the beginning of the study to the end of the study. One vocabulary assessment indicated that the seventh grade students increased their vocabulary, while the sixth and eighth grade students decreased their vocabulary. The second vocabulary assessment showed that sixth, seventh and eighth grade students increased their vocabulary. The data from the technology attitude survey revealed a positive change in student attitude toward the use of vocabulary software. The opinions of students surveyed revealed that they felt computers and educational software could help them learn. All of the students surveyed in this study wished they could use educational software more in school and would enjoy using it to help them learn new vocabulary.