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Action Research Paper

Degree Name

Master Of Arts In Urban Special Education

Colleges & School

College Of Education And Leadership

First Advisor

Daryl Rose Coppins, EdD

Library of Congress Subject Heading

Autism; Language acquisition; Education--Parent participation


The study investigated the impact of parental involvement on vocabulary acquisition of male, middle school students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Five participants engaged in vocabulary acquisition strategies in class and at home with parents for eight weeks. Researchers hypothesized that parental involvement would increase vocabulary acquisition. Parental involvement was the independent variable, and vocabulary assessments were the dependent variable. Two research questions were: (a) What vocabulary instructional strategy used by parents increased performance on weekly vocabulary assessments? and (b) What classroom instructional vocabulary strategy improved vocabulary acquisition of male, middle school students with ASD? Results indicated participants’ vocabulary acquisition was statistically significant at a .05 level of significance. Vocabulary games were most effective at home and definition-matching activities were most effective in class.


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