Date Approved

5-8-1997

Embargo Period

8-29-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. in Special Education

Department

Interdisciplinary and Inclusive Education

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Kuder, S. Jay

Subject(s)

Children with mental disabilities--Education; Computer-assisted instruction

Disciplines

Special Education and Teaching

Abstract

In this study, teaching reading comprehension through the use of computers was tested against the traditional book method of teaching reading comprehension, in which students read in a book and the teacher does oral questioning. To carry out the study, six students with similar reading levels were split into two groups of three. The control group did reading comprehension through the traditional method for six stories. The experimental group worked on reading comprehension in Stories and More on the computer, using the same six stories. The reading comprehension section of the Kauffman Test of Educational Achievement was administered individually to all six students prior to the treatment and again at the conclusion. After comparing individual and mean scores for the six stories, as well as differences in pre and posttest scores, it was determined that the computer method was more effective than the traditional method in the majority of cases. The students in the computer group had a higher mean score than the book students on each of the six stories, with the exception of one. Further, the computer students' scores increased between pre and posttests, while the book students' scores dropped on the K-T.E.A.

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