Author(s)

Angela Marchand

Date Approved

6-4-2015

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 children;Reading comprehension;Computer-assisted instruction

Disciplines

Special Education and Teaching

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to determine whether the computer program, Raz-Kids will assist in supporting independent reading as well as increase a student's guided reading level, fluency, and comprehension. Four 1st graders with a learning disability in an inclusive classroom participated in the study. The Raz-Kids online reading program was provided individually for 15 minutes each session during the literacy intervention period, 3 times a week for 16 weeks. The Developmental Reading Assessment was given at the end of each month to evaluate student performance on a guided reading level, fluency and comprehension. A single subject design with A B phases was used in this study. The results showed participating students increased their guided reading levels and fluency. It seems that the Raz-Kids program would be beneficial as a supplement to reading instruction and small group guided reading for struggling readers.

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