What does the pre-designed, comprehensive, blended learning model contribute to the learners’ reading skills in this specific setting? How will students become engaged in a book that may be related to their interests, but has many features not in their current mental schemata, build background knowledge about a book for independent reading? Is this model more effective for students who have prior experience with a supplemental computer reading model?
My research will be based on an interpretive framework. It will be guided by a mixed method study approach. An interpretive framework is guided by using one data set, primarily qualitative, to interpret the traditional standardized quantitative data set; although themes will emerge from qualitative data independent of quantitative. Surveys of reading attitude in both digital and traditional reading settings will reveal information that is both quantitative and qualitative—bridging across data and creating a true mixed method research approach.
Quantitative data will be derived from standardized assessments, and less formal survey responses; although survey responses will also serve as qualitative information since it evaluates attitudes and engagement. Quantitative data will be gathered and interpreted within its own merits, but more importantly with qualitative data from observations and interviews.