Author(s)

Katherine Rimby

Date Approved

8-20-2012

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. Special Education

Department

Language, Literacy, and Special Education

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Xin, Joy

Subject(s)

Learning disabled teenagers;Algebra--Study and teaching

Disciplines

Special Education and Teaching

Abstract

The purpose of this study was: 1) to examine the effect of the use of graphic organizers in high school algebra instruction; 2) to compare the difference of student performance when hand-written and computer-assisted graphic organizers were used, and 3) to evaluate student attitude towards learning algebra when hand-written and computer-assisted graphic organizers were used. A total of eight high school students with LD in two classes, with four in each class, participated in this study. A single subject design with AB and ABC phases was used in this study for 10 weeks, during which eight Algebraic math skills were taught and assessed. Students were evaluated prior to intervention using a pretest, then a posttest after implementation of a graphic organizer. Student test scores were improved after using both types of graphic organizers. Implications for teaching secondary students with LD basic Algebra math skills are discussed. Continued research on effective strategies in the field of math instruction for secondary students with LD is needed.

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