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Action Research Paper

Superseded Degree Name

Master of Arts in Education (Special Education)

Colleges & School

College Of Education And Leadership

First Advisor

Sister Gabrielle Kowalski, O.S.F.

Library of Congress Subject Heading

Literacy; Literacy programs; Education--Curricula; Special education


The purpose of the study was to determine whether a student with significant disabilities learned better with a formal, research-based curriculum that is uniform or instructional material that is individualized. There is research conducted by the authors of the curriculum (Browder, Ahlgrim-Delzell, Courtade, Gibbs, & Flowers, 2008) available focusing on why the Early Literacy Skills Builder curriculum is highly effective; however, there was no information that compared it to instruction created and tailored to each student's interests, experiences, and vocabulary. Even though students with significant disabilities do not make up a large group of students, research in this area could benefit teachers who may be wondering what and how to educate their students.


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