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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

Reading comprehension; Special education; High school students


As the literacy demands for college and career-oriented programs increases, the need to prepare students to meet these demands becomes a salient matter for discussion. This task can be especially difficult for special educators working with students with special needs, whose reading levels vary greatly. Technology is a promising approach, however, for educators who need to target students at a range of reading levels. The study examined the effects of personalized blended learning strategy on reading comprehension for high incidence special education students at the 11th grade level. The strategy incorporated the use of a computer software program called ThinkCERCA. The study used a mixed method approach, incorporating both qualitative and quantitative data. Findings revealed that both reading comprehension and motivation increased as a result of the intervention. Student perceptions of the program were positive. Results have particular implications for future educators, especially those seeking effective strategies for targeting reading comprehension in at risk adolescents.


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