Projects & Grants

Internal Grant Competition DGC
START-UP grant

Eyetracker as an aid when monitoring the way towards reading literacy
Project IdSGS8/PdF/2018-19
Main solverdoc. PhDr. Radana Metelková Svobodová, Ph.D.
Period1/2018 - 12/2019
ProviderSpecifický VŠ výzkum
AnotationThe presented project focuses on a longitudinal research activity of the presenter who together with a doctoral student focuses on the monitoring of the aspects of a school and partly also of a home environment, which contributes to a formation of pupils' reading skills in the first stage of education. The current research design of the project builds on previously achieved outcomes that have led the team's research efforts. In 2014 the Eyetracker technology was used to measure pupils' reading skills for the first time and the obtained data suggested further research possibilities, since the school year 2015/2016 the measurements by the means of the Eyetracker have been carried out at five primary schools of the Moravian-Silesian Region. Both qualitative and quantitative parameters of pupils' reading performance of the whole 1st grade of primary school have been monitored, with the current sample being almost 250 respondents. The development of reading skills of all involved pupils has been mapped in relation to the used reading education method both in the initial reader´s literacy stage and in the reader´s literacy stage. Since the school year 2014/2015 we have been monitoring whether and to what extent the reading education method affects the quality of reading comprehension. An attention has been focused on the analytic-synthetic and genetic methods, which are the most frequently used methods in the Czech education. In case of the project proposal acceptation we will have a unique opportunity to continue with the measurements by the means of the Eyetracker for pupils that we have been observing since their first school-year, i.e. from November 2014. Thus we would document their development of the quality of their reading with comprehension from the beginning to the end of their first-degree education.