Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Using Technology as an Independent Learning Strategy to Support Vocabulary Acquisition for Secondary Students with Learning Disabilities
by Egan, Donna Marie, Ph.D., St. John's University (New York), 2019, 168; 22592444
Abstract (Summary)

Students at the secondary level encounter a plethora of content-rich, content-area texts. To achieve comprehension of these content-area texts, students are required to know the meanings, relationships, and contextual interpretations of each new vocabulary word. Students, especially exceptional students (those who have an Individualized Education Plan), struggle with academic demands, challenges of tiered vocabulary, and the lack of comprehensive vocabulary instruction. Researchers have examined the outcomes of computer-assisted instruction on exceptional students’ vocabulary development using various technology. To meet the critical academic vocabulary acquisition needs of secondary students with exceptionalities, research encourages using technological applications as independent word-learning strategies. This research study, grounded within Piaget’s Constructivism Theory, as it interweaves with Mayer’s Theory of Multimedia Learning and the essential tenets of vocabulary instruction, investigates the effects of using a laptop-based intervention on the vocabulary knowledge of 11th and 12th-grade students with exceptionalities. A single-subject, non-concurrent baseline design was used to examine the impact of using a laptop-based intervention.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Guastello, E Francine
Commitee: Gilic-Amadio, Lina, Dussling, Tess, Pratt-Johnson, Yvonne
School: St. John's University (New York)
Department: SoE Literacy
School Location: United States -- New York
Source: DAI-A 81/12(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Educational technology, Special education
Keywords: Computer-assisted instruction, Independent word-learning strategy, Learning disabilities, Secondary students, Vocabulary
Publication Number: 22592444
ISBN: 9798641462370
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