This study was designed to investigate possible changes in the use of four specific learning strategies by students who had learning disabilities: using a device, thinking about knowledge, finding a starting point, and acting differently in the future. The five student participants were instructed in a special education pull-out reading classroom using the blended learning classroom model. The researcher explored behavioral changes related to student participants’ use of these learning strategies in general education classrooms. This study attempted to investigate student participants’ and general education teachers’ perceptions of the four learning strategies. A math teacher, a social studies teacher, and a science teacher from the researcher’s teaching team also contributed their perceived observations of student participants’ use of the four learning strategies in their classrooms. The triangulation of data used in this study was achieved through use of pre-surveys and post-surveys that inquired into use of learning strategies on the parts of student participants and general education teachers at the inception of the study and again at its conclusion. Interviews with each of the study’s participants were also conducted at the conclusion of the study. Student binders used by the student participants in the blended learning instructional model were analyzed for evidence. The results of the study indicated that although according to survey data, students did not demonstrate changes in their ability to use the four learning strategies, most student participants reported using the strategies in their general education classes.
|Commitee:||Tonsing-Meyer, Julie, Wicker, Janet|
|Department:||School of Education|
|School Location:||United States -- Illinois|
|Source:||DAI-A 78/07(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Education, Special education|
|Keywords:||Blended learning, Learning disabilities|
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