Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Implementing Edward de Bono’s Six Thinking Hats Intervention for Improving Reading Comprehension Skills for Students with Learning Disabilities (SLD)
by Hightower, Annaliese, Ed.D., Nova Southeastern University, 2019, 143; 22584277
Abstract (Summary)

This study proposed Edward de Bono’s Six Thinking Hats as an intervention to enhance SLD students’ reading comprehension skills. The study described the Six Thinking Hats intervention as a method that used six diverse thought processes. A narrative review further discussed how the compilation of strategies is needed to help improve reading development skills for SLD students. Additionally, the study described several theoretical frameworks for the study: construction-integration model, event index model, and the metacognitive theory.

The study used a quantitative approach to answer the research questions that focused on comparing statistical differences between an experimental group and a control group.The study utilized an experimental design that implemented Achieve 3000’s Level Set test as a pretest-posttest to measure students’ Lexile levels. Additionally, a criterion-referenced test was used as a pretest-posttest to assess the six cognitive abilities of the Six Thinking Hats for the experimental and control group.

Participants of the study were Grade 9 and Grade 10 students enrolled in Intensive Reading classes at a Florida high school.

The results of this study showed no statistically significant difference in using the Six Thinking Hats with SLD students. However, the researcher believes that this approach can be beneficial with this population of students with modifications to implementation.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Hecht, Steven A.
Commitee: Trueman, Carole
School: Nova Southeastern University
Department: Abraham S Fischler School of Education
School Location: United States -- Florida
Source: DAI-A 81/2(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Curriculum development, Secondary education, Disability studies, Special education
Keywords: Reading comprehension, Six Thinking Hats, Specific learning disabilities (SLD)
Publication Number: 22584277
ISBN: 9781085590181
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