The Use of Computers in Teaching Approach to Improve Reading Skills among Primary School Pupils

  •  Auzar Auzar    


This study aims to describe improvement in reading skills among a group of primary school pupils in Pekanbaru Riau, Indonesia, with the use of computers. These pupils came from different educational backgrounds, namely, pupils who completed kindergarten and pupils who did not complete kindergarten. The method used in this study is quasi-experimental design with confound which combines two groups of pupils who do not affect each other. This experiment involved a total of 42 pupils of whom 28 completed kindergarten, and 14 did not complete kindergarten. The pilot study was assessed using cronbach alpha, and value of 0.86 was gained for the summary score, indicating high levels of reliability. The results showed a much better improvement in reading skills among pupils who did not complete kindergarten, compared to the pupils who completed kindergarten, which is 35.44 as opposed to 16:42. As an implication of the findings, it is recommended that computers are used as a strategic effort by authorities in primary education to improve the reading skills among primary school pupils.

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