Date Approved

7-28-2017

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; Laptop computers

Disciplines

Language and Literacy Education | Special Education and Teaching

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to examine the effectiveness of digital texts on Chromebooks as an assistive technology to meet the needs of students with learning disabilities in an inclusive classroom. Specifically, the study examined (a) the effectiveness of using digital texts on Chromebooks on reading comprehension, (b) the effectiveness of digital texts on Chromebooks to improve engagement and on-task behavior of students with learning disabilities, and (c) student satisfaction using digital texts in the inclusive classroom. Students displayed variation in performance on comprehension and academic engagement throughout the intervention. Findings suggest that digital texts may hinder the comprehension and engagement of participants. Implications for teaching students with disabilities, including the recommendation to use both digital and printed texts to increase reading comprehension and engagement, are discussed.

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