Author(s)

William Lindsey

Date Approved

10-29-2013

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)

Composition (Language arts);Learning disabled teenagers

Disciplines

Special Education and Teaching

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to examine the effects on a combination of Direct Instruction (DI), self-regulation strategies, and computer-assisted writing instruction for high school students with learning disabilities (LD). Five students with LD participated in the study. A multiple baseline research design across students with ABC phases was used. During the baseline, the participants were required to free write 3 to 4 stories based on a topic. During the intervention, the combined strategies were taught, and students were guided to practice in developing their own stories. After two weeks, they were required to complete 2 stories to evaluate their maintenance. Results showed that their story length, correct words, complete sentences, as well as quality of writing were increased comparing to that of the baseline.

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