Date Approved


Embargo Period


Document Type


Degree Name

Ed.D. Doctor of Education


Educational Services & Leadership


College of Education

First Advisor

Wassell, Beth A.

Second Advisor

Michener, Catherine

Third Advisor

Morettini, Brie


Response to intervention (Learning disabled children); Language arts--Remedial teaching


Elementary Education | Language and Literacy Education


The purpose of this qualitative study was to determine if Argryis and Schon's (1974) Theory-of-Action framework could be used as a viable professional development tool to improve teachers' professional practices when providing Tier II literacy interventions within the context of a Response to Intervention (RTI) program in an elementary school. This multicase study sought to understand more deeply the espoused beliefs and theories-in-use of four elementary literacy interventionists' when delivering intensive literacy interventions to students not reading on grade level within the context of the RTI program by using semi-structured interviews, collection of student work, and classroom observations. Discrepancies were found between the interventionists' espoused theories and theories-in-use, therefore, confirming the need for educators to explore alignment between their two theories as a powerful tool for reflection and dialogue. This study contributes to the literature by presenting a description of belief systems and practices, along with identifying barriers potentially affecting implementation of RTI that can be used to implement positive system-wide change.

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