Jaime MacEwen

Date Approved


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Degree Name

M.A. Learning Disabilities


Language, Literacy, and Special Education


College of Education

First Advisor

Kuder, S Jay


Tablet computers; Learning disabled teenagers; Reading


Special Education and Teaching


The purpose of this study was to determine whether or not the use of iPads for independent reading would enhance the reading motivation of ninth grade students with learning disabilities as measured by number of pages read and students' self-reported interest in reading in response to a survey. Its purpose is also to determine whether they would prefer reading on an iPad over reading traditional books. This study used a pretest-posttest group design. The participants were nineteen students in ninth grade. The participants all receive special education services in the resource center classroom. They are enrolled in an intensive reading program called READ 180. The results indicate that more students read an increased number of pages on the iPad than of traditional books. However, the average number of pages read on an iPad was less than the average number of pages read of traditional books. Students completed a survey about their experience with reading on the iPad. Thirteen of the nineteen students agreed or strongly agreed that they prefer to read on the iPad compared to traditional books.