Date Approved

7-27-2017

Embargo Period

7-28-2017

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

MA Special Education

Department

Interdisciplinary and Inclusive Education

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Accardo, Amy

Second Advisor

Kuder, Sydney J.

Subject(s)

Reading disability; Content area reading; Graphic organizers

Disciplines

Language and Literacy Education | Special Education and Teaching

Abstract

The purpose of the study was to examine the effects of graphic organizers to identify main idea and supporting details in informational text on students with learning disabilities. The participants were eight 6th grade students classified with learning disabilities in reading. This study implemented an ABAB design. Data was collected during the Baseline (A1), Intervention (B1), Baseline (A2), and Intervention (B2) phases. The independent variable for this study was the utilization of a graphic organizer to assist in identifying main idea and supporting details, as well as reading comprehension. The dependent variables were student identification of main idea and supporting details and reading comprehension. Overall, the results of the study demonstrate that the utilization of graphic organizers is an effective intervention to increase identification of main idea and supporting details from an informational text, and to increase reading comprehension in students with learning disabilities.

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