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Master Of Arts In Urban Special Education

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College Of Education And Leadership

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Reading--Ability testing; Oral communication


The purpose of this case study was to examine the effects of a three-pronged literacy intervention incorporating strategies and instruction in word identification, decoding by syllable, and oral reading practice on oral reading fluency and overall reading achievement. The participant was an eight year old male student struggling in reading achievement, particularly in oral reading fluency. The intervention followed a two day rotation utilizing a gradual release of responsibility instructional model. Several elements of the intervention incorporated the use of instructional technology. Multiple forms of data were collected, including preintervention data, pretest to posttest data, qualitative data, and ongoing progress monitoring. These data measured oral reading rate and accuracy, reading comprehension, word identification, and word attack. Statistically significant progress was found in all literacy areas noted except for the pretest to posttest oral reading fluency rate. Recommendations include emphasizing successive readings of the same text, using voice recording technology, emphasizing the parent-teacher relationship, and decreasing the participant’s reliance upon external reinforcement.


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