MA Special Education
Interdisciplinary and Inclusive Education
College of Education
Kuder, Sydney J.
Electronic discussion groups; Learning disabled youth
Special Education and Teaching
The purpose of this study was: (a) to examine the effectiveness of using online discussion boards to improve the active participation rate of students with specific learning disabilities (SLD), (b) to examine the effectiveness of using online discussion boards to increase the critical thinking of SLDs, and (c) to evaluate student satisfaction of the online discussion board intervention. Nine high school students, seven males and two females, with learning disabilities participated in the study. A single-subject ABAB design was used. During the baseline phases, students received American Literature II instruction through a traditional classroom model. Class time was used for instruction and anticipatory sets were used for discussions. During the intervention, students received American Literature II instruction through the online discussion board model. Active participation rates and critical thinking levels were recorded throughout all phases. Results indicate that students increased their rate of participation and critical thinking during the intervention phases. The student satisfaction survey suggests that students enjoyed using the online discussion board model and would like to use it in other classes. Further research is suggested investigating the academic and critical thinking outcomes of the online discussion board for students with learning disabilities.
Morley, Eric S., "The effectiveness of using online discussion boards for students with learning disabilities in an American Literature II resource classroom" (2018). Theses and Dissertations. 2557.