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Publications

Journal Articles

Abrami, P. C. (2011). A toolkit for learning: Using technology to close the gap. Education Canada, 51(2), 54-57.Available: http://www.cea-ace.ca/education-canada/article/toolkit-learning-using-technology-close-gap

Abrami, P.C., Borokhovski, E., & Lysenko, L. (2013). The effects of ABRACADABRA on reading outcomes: A meta-analysis of applied field research data. Manuscript in preparation.

Anderson, A., Wood, E., Piquette-Tomei, N., Savage, R., & Mueller, J. (2011). Evaluating teachers' support requests when just-in-time instructional support is provided to introduce a primary level web-based reading program. Journal of Technology and Teacher Education, 19(4), 499-525. Chesapeake, VA:AACE. Retrieved from http://www.editlib.org/p/34599

Comaskey, E. M., Savage, R. S., & Abrami, P. (2007). The impact of the ABRACADABRA web-based literacy program on kindergarten children with English as an additional language. Manuscript submitted for publication.

Comaskey, E., Savage, R., & Abrami, P. C. (2009). A randomized efficacy study of web-based synthetic and analytic programmes among disadvantaged urban kindergarten children. Journal of Research in Reading, 32(1), 92-108. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9817.2008.01383.x

Deault, L. Savage, R., & Abrami, P. C. (2009). Inattention and response to the ABRACADABRA web-based literacy intervention. Journal of Research on Educational effectiveness 2(3), 250-286. doi: 10.1080/19345740902979371

Di Stasio, M. & Savage R. S. (2009). Response to the ABRACADABRA web-based literacy intervention in kindergarten predicts literacy in grade 1. Manuscript submitted for publication.

Di Stasio, M., Savage, R., & Abrami, P. C. (2012). A follow-up study of the ABRACADABRA web-based literacy intervention in grade1. Journal of Research In Reading. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9817.2010.01469.x

Harper, H., Helmer, J., Lea, T., Chalkiti, K., Emmett, S., & Wolgemuth, J. (2012). ABRACADABRA for magic under which conditions? Case studies of a web-based literacy intervention in the Northern Territory. Australian Journal of Language and Literacy 35(1), 33-50. Retrieved from Link

Kendou, P., Savage, R.S. & Van den Broek, P. (2009). Revisiting the simple view of reading. British Journal of Educational Pysychology, 79(2), 353-370. doi: 10.1348/978185408X369020

Lysenko, L., Borokhovski, E., Abrami, P. C., & Wade, A. (2014). Improving literacy skills with ABRACADABRA. Perspectives on Language and Literacy, Summer 2014, 11-15. PDF

Savage, R. S., Abrami, P., Hipps, G., & Deault, L. (2009). A randomized controlled trial study of the ABRACADABRA reading intervention program in grade 1. Journal of Educational Psychology, 101(3), 590-604. doi: 10.1037/a0014700

Savage, R., Abrami, P. C., Piquette-Tomei, N., Wood, E., Deleveaux, G., Sanghera-Sidhu, Bindy, & Burgos, G. (2012). A (pan-Canadian) cluster randomised control effectiveness trial of the ABRACADABRA web-based literacy program. Journal of Educational Psychology, Advance online publication. doi: 10.1037/a0031025

Savage, R. S., Erten, O., Abrami, P. C., Hipps, G., Comaskey, E., & van Lierop, D. (2010). ABRACADABRA in the hands of teachers: The Effectiveness of a web-based literacy intervention in grade 1 language arts programs. Computers in Education, 55 (2), 911-922. doi: 10.1016/j.compedu.2010.04.002

Wolgemuth, J., Abrami, P. C., Helmer, J., Savage, R., Harper, H., & Lea, T. (in press). Examining the impact of ABRACADABRA on early literacy in Northern Australia: An implementation fidelity analysis. Journal of Educational Research.

Wolgemuth, J., Savage, R., Helmer, Lea, T., Harper, H., Chalkiti, K., Bottrell, C. & Abrami, P.C. (2011). Using computer-based instruction to improve indigenous early literacy in Northern Australia: A quasi-experimental study. Australasian Journal of Educational Technology (AJET), 27(4), 727-750. http://www.ascilite.org.au/ajet/ajet27/wolgemuth.html

Wolgemuth, J., Savage, R., Helmer, J., Harper, H., Lea, T., Abrami, P. C., . . . Louden, W. (2013). ABRACADABRA aids indigenous and non-indigenous early literacy in Australia: Evidence from a multisite randomized controlled trial Computers & Education, 67(2013), 250-264. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.compedu.2013.04.002


Book Chapters

Abrami, P.C., Savage, R.S., Deleveaux, G., Wade, A., Meyer, E. & Lebel, C. (2010). The Learning Toolkit: The Design, Development, Testing and Dissemination of Evidence-based Educational Software In P. Zemliansky & D.M. Wilcox (Eds.), Design and implementation of educational games: Theoretical and practical perspectives (pp. 168-187). Hershey, PA: IGI Global. doi: 10.4018/978-1-61520-781-7.ch012

Abrami, P. C., Savage, R., Wade, A., Hipps, G. & Lopez, M. (2008). Using technology to assist children learning to read and write. In T. Willoughby & E. Wood (Eds.), Children's learning in a digital world. ( pp.129-172). Oxford, UK: Blackwell Publishing. doi: 10.1002/9780470696682.ch6

Brodeur, M., Ouellet, C., Perreault, M., & Desrochers, A. (2011). L'analphabétisme crée l'obligation d'agir. In M. Fahmy (Ed.), L'état du Québec 2011 (pp. 373-380). Montreal, QC: Les éditions Boréal.

Hipps, G., Abrami, P. C., & Savage, R. (2005). ABRACADARA: The research, design and development of web-based early literacy software. In S. Pierre (Ed.), Développement, intégration et évaluation des technologies de formation et d'apprentissage (DIVA). Innovations et tendances en technologies de formation et d'apprentissage (pp. 89-112). Montreal, QC: Presses Internationales Polytechnique.

Savage, R. & Abrami, P. C. (2007). ABRACADABRA: Progress in the development, implementation and effectiveness of a web-based literacy resource. In Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), E-Learn 2007: World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, & Higher Education [Compact disc]. Chesapeake, VA: AACE.

Savage, R. & Abrami, P. C. (2007). ABRACADABRA: Progress in the development, implementation and effectiveness of a web-based literacy resource. In R. Bastiaens & S. Carliner (Eds.), Proceedings of E-Learn 2007: World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, & Higher Education. Chesapeake, VA: AACE.


Conferences

Abrami, P.C., Deleveaux, G., & Savage R. (2009, March). ABRACADABRA: A literacy resource for Aboriginal learning. Paper presented at the 2009 Aboriginal Policy Research Conference, Ottawa, ON.

Abrami, P. C., Savage, R., Wade, A., Deleveaux, G., & Lebel, C. (2010, March). ABRACADABRA: An evidence based tool for early literacy. Seminar presented at the 35th Learning Disabilities Association of Quebec (LDAQ) annual conference, Montreal, QC.

Brodeur, M., Dion, É., Laplante, L., & Desrochers, A. (2011, April). Effects of a three-tier reading intervention program on underprivileged kindergarten and first-grade students. Paper presented at the Program Chair Invited Sessions intervening to prevent reading problems in low- performing schools, Council for Exceptional Children, Washington, DC.

Deleveaux, G., & Wade, A. (2010, May). ABRACADABRA: 21st century evidenced-based software designed to assist children develop literacy skills and to provide support for teachers and parents who guide them. Paper presented at the Association of Early Childhood Educators of Quebec, Montreal, QC.

Lebel, C. (2009, September). ABRACADABRA. Workshop presented at the Commission Scolaire de Montréal, Montreal, QC.

Sanghera-Sidhu, B., Deleveaux, G., Abrami, P. C., & Savage, R. (2009, June). Measuring treatment integrity of an evidence-based intervention study: Practical implications examined for the 2007-2009 Pan-Canadian, ABRACADABRA web-based literacy study. Poster presented at the annual convention of the Canadian Psychological Association, Montreal, QC.

Sanghera-Sidhu, B., Rocchi, J., Di Stasio, M., & Savage, R. S. (2009, March). Exploration of ABRACADABRA a web-based literacy tool & an examination of the practical implications of conducting a Pan-Canadian study. Paper presented at the Education for a Diverse World: Addressing Equity & Human Rights Eighth Annual Education Graduate Students' Society (EGSS) Conference, Montreal, Quebec.

Savage, R. & Abrami, P. C. (2008, March). ABRACADABRA: A Web-based literacy program. Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association, New York, NY.

Savage, R., Abrami, P. C., Comaskey, E., Hipps, G., & Wade, A., (2007, June). ABRACADABRA: An evidence-based approach to early literacy instruction through web software. Workshop presented at the 6th Annual Canadian Language and Literacy Network (CLLRNet) Conference, Calgary, AB.

Savage, R., Abrami, P. C., Piquette-Tomei, N., Wood, E., & Deleveax, G. (2009, June). ABRACADABRA: An effective web-based literacy resource: Evidence from a randomized control trial with classroom teachers. Paper presented at the Society for the Scientific Study of Reading (SSSR), Boston, MA.

Savage, R., Abrami, P. C., Piquette-Tomei, N., Wood, E., Deleveaux, G., & Sanghera-Sidhu, B. (2011, April). A cluster randomized control trial of the ABRACADABRA web-based literacy program. Invited presentation presented at the Council for Exceptional Children Convention & Expo, National Harbor, MD.

Savage, R. S., Ozlem, E., Abrami, P. C., Hipps, G., Comaskey, E., & Van Lierop, D. (2010, May). ABRACADABRA in the hands of teachers: The effectiveness of a web-based literacy intervention in Grade 1 language arts programs. Paper presented at the Canadian Society for the Study of Education (CSSE) and the Canadian Association of Educational Psychology (CAEP) Annual Conference , , Montreal, QC.

Savage, R., Piquette-Tomei, N., & Wesley, D. (2011, April). School-based effectiveness of the ABRACADABRA web-based literacy program: A randomized control trial with school professionals. Paper presented at the British Dyslexia Association.

Wolgemuth, J., Abrami, P. C., Helmer, J., Savage, R., Harper, H., Lea, T., et al. (2012, April). A multisite randomized control trial to examine the impact of ABRACADABRA on early literacy in Northern Australia: An analysis of implementation fidelity. Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association (AERA) annual meeting, Vancouver, BC.

Wolgemuth, J., Ehrich, J., Helmer, J., Emmett, S., Lea, T., Savage, R., et al. (2010, May). Using computer-based instruction to improve indigenous early literacy in northern Australia. Poster presented at the American Educational Research Association (AERA), Denver, Colorado.

Wolgemuth, J., Helmer, J., Emmett, S., Ehrich, J., Lea, T., Savage, R., et al. (2009, December). ABRACADABRA: Improving Literacy through computer-based instruction in regional and remote schools. Paper presented at the Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE), Canberra, Australia.

Wolgemuth, J., Helmer, J., Harper, H., Lea, T., Halkitis, K., Bottrell, C., et al. (2011, April). A multisite randomised controlled trial to examine the impact of ABRACADABRA on indigenous early literacy in Australia. Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association (AERA), New Orleans, LA.

Zhou, M. Muzard, R., Therrien, M., Hipps, G., & Abrami, P. C. (2005, July). ABRACADABRA: A rich Internet literacy application. Paper presented at the EDMedia Conference, Montreal, QC.

Zhou, M., Muzard, R., Therrien, M., Hipps, G., & Abrami, P. C. (2005, May). ABRACADABRA : A rich internet literacy application. Paper presented at the 4e Colloque annuel Développement, intégration et évaluation des technologies de formation et d'apprentissage (DIVA), Montreal, QC.

Zhou, M., Muzard, R., Therrien, M., Hipps, G., & Abrami, P. C. (2005, April). ABRACADABRA: A rich internet literacy application. Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association, Montreal, QC.

Reports

Abrami, P. C., Savage, R., Comaskey, E., Silverstone, D., & Hipps, G. (2006). ABRACADABRA: Evaluation of a balanced text and word-level reading intervention - Winter 2006. Preliminary findings, June 2006. Centre for the Study of Learning and Performance: Montreal, QC. Web site: http://doe.concordia.ca/cslp/ICT-ABRACADABRA.php

Abrami, P.C., Wade, A., Lysenko, L., Marsh, J., & Gioko, A. (2013). A study of ABRACADABRA early literacy software in Mombasa, Kenya: Phase one report. Manuscript in preparation.

Hipps, G., Wade, A., & Abrami, P. C. (2004, March). Abracadabra: A literacy resource Schoolnet final report. Centre for the Study of Learning and Performance: Montreal, QC.

Savage, R., Abrami, P.C., Piquette-Tomei, N., Wood, E., Deleveaux, G. (2008). ABRACADABRA: A study in the development, implementation and effectiveness of a web-based literacy resource. A Research Report submitted to the Canadian Council on Learning. Interim Report.

Savage, R. S., Abrami, P., Piquette-Tomei, N., Wood, E., & Delevaux, G. (2008, August). ABRACADABRA: A study in the development, implementation and effectiveness of a web-based literacy resource. A research progress report. Report of pan-Canadian research data analysis submitted to the Canadian Council for Learning and the Canadian Language and Literacy Research Network.

Wolgemuth, J., Ehrich, J., Emmett, S., Helmer, J., Bartlett, C., Smith, H., Lea, T., Abrami, P., Savage, R., & Deleveaux, G. (2009). ABRACADABRA! (ABRA) Early Childhood Literacy Project Annual Report No. 1: A Pilot Study of the Feasibility of the ABRA Literacy Software in Northern Territory Indigenous Classrooms. Charles Darwin University, Darwin, NT.

Wolgemuth, J., Helmer, J., Emmett, S., Bottrell, C., Lea, T., Bartlett, C., et al. (2009). ABRACADABRA! (ABRA) Early Childhood Literacy Project Annual Report No. 2: A Quasi-Experimental Study of the ABRA Literacy Software in Northern Territory Indigenous Classrooms. Darwin, NT.: Charles Darwin University.

Wolgemuth, J., Helmer, J., Harper, H., Chalkiti, K., Lea, T., Kirby, A., et al. (2011). ABRACADABRA (ABRA) Early childhood literacy project: A multi-site randomised controlled trial and case study of the ABRA literacy software in Northern Territory schools (Annual Report No. 3). Darwin, NT: Menzies School of Health Research.


ABRACADABRA in the news

Staff writer. (2011, April). Des chercheurs de la Faculté des sciences de l'éducation adapteront le logiciel d'apprentissage ABRACADABRA. Retrieved from http://www.nouvelles.uqam.ca/

Bouchard, C. (2011, March). Apprentissage du français: Plus de 700 000 $ pour l'adaptation en français du logiciel ABRACADABRA [Communiqué de presse]. Montreal, QC: L'université du Québec à Montréal.

Forget, P. (2011, March). Abracadabra, un logiciel d'apprentissage de la langue pour jeunes enfants [Interviewed P.C. Abrami & M. Brodeur], Episode 82, Le Code Chastenay. Montreal, QC: Télé-Québec. Available: http://lecodechastenay.telequebec.tv/occurrence.aspx?id=366&ep=88

Leclerc, D. (2011, March). Amélioration des habiletés en lecture et en écriture chez les enfants - Attribution d'une aide financière pour l'adaptation en français du logiciel ABRACADABRA. Montreal, QC: Ministre de l'éducation, du Loisir et du Sport (MELS). Available: http://www.mels.gouv.qc.ca/ministere/info/index.asp?page=communiques&id=1077

Ministère de l'éducation des loisirs et du sport (MELS). (2012, May). Discours de Mme. Line Beauchamp, Ministre de l'éducation, des Loisirs et du Sport - Congrès AQETA 2012 [Video about ABRACADABRA]. Retrieved.from https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B-fYtDJ40gH6d2N6Wk5FeXo2UWc/edit?pli=1.

Staff writer. (2011, March). En bref- Un demi-million pour traduire ABRACADABRA. Le Devoir, from http://www.ledevoir.com/societe/education/319719/en-bref-un-demi-million-pour-traduire-abracadabra

Sutherland, A. (2011, March). Literacy tool gets French translation: Concordia software is a hit in English schools. Montreal Gazette, from http://www.montrealgazette.com/life/Literacy+tool+gets+French+translation/4512858/story.html

Wastie,S. (2011). An SLP review of ABRACADABRA and the Learning Toolkit. Available: http://www.vancouverobserver.com/blogs/schoolview/2010/01/29/abracadabra-screen-time-can-be-part-teaching-kids-read

van Vlaardingen, Caroline. (2010, Oct 2). Reading at a Young Age [Interview with Abrami & Wade]. CTV News. Available: http://montreal.ctv.ca/servlet/an/local/CTVNews/20090520/mtl_yourrequests_090520/20091120/?hub=MontrealHome

Canadian Education Association. Dr. Philip Abrami Wins 2010 CEA Whitworth Award for Educational Research [Press release]. (Sept. 2010). Available: http://www.cea-ace.ca/awards/whitworth-award

Nebenzahl, Donna. (Sept. 29/2010). Cultivating the magic of reading [Interview with R. Savage & A. Wade]. Montreal Gazette, p.1. Available: http://www.montrealgazette.com/news/Cultivating+magic+reading/3595561/story.html

Calkenny, Carmel. (Aug. 30/10 ). ABRACADABRA [Interview with A. Wade]. The Link. CBC Radio Canada. Available: http://medias-balado.radio-canada.ca/diffusion/2010/balado/rci/thelink-20100830-150.mp3

Campbell, Kristina (Jan 29th, 2010). Abracadabra: Screen time can be part of teaching kids to read. Vancouver Observer. p.?

Cooper, R. (2011, May). Educational software wins national award [ABRA], Concordia Now. Retrieved from http://www.concordia.ca/now/what-we-do/teaching/20110517/educational-software-wins-national-award.php

Daoust-Boisvert, Amélie . (21 novembre 2009). Au-delà de la formule magique [Interveiw with M. Brodeur]. Le Devoir. Available: http://www.ledevoir.com/societe/education/277683/au-dela-de-la-formule-magique

Herland, K. (2011, April). Literacy tool great success in Australia, NOW. Retrieved from http://www.concordia.ca/now/what-we-do/research/20110426/literacy-tool-great-success-in-northern-australia.php

Savage, R. S.,(2009, April 21). Interviewed for the CTV evening show on literacy issues and effective intervention (April 8th 2009) and by CBC Radio 1 lunchtime show (and phone-in) on effective reading intervent1st).

Takahashi, Mutsumi. (March/April 2009) - Interviewed on CTV Montreal's Newsmakers segment, Robert Savage speaks on literacy. Available: http://montreal.ctv.ca/servlet/an/local/CTVNews/20090313/mtl_newsmakers_090313/20090313/?hub=MontrealHome

Dawes, M. (Spring, 2009). "Magical desk" provides scientific grounding for early literacy development [Interview with R. Savage], Clarity, 6. 4-8.



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