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ERIC Number: ED548863
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 151
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-2677-5719-7
Empowering Young Writers with Disabilities: The Impact of Teaching a Writing Strategy Using Self-Regulated Strategy Development
Leakan, Christe S.
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, Widener University
The purpose of this study was to investigate the impact of implementing the Self-Regulated Strategy Development (SRSD) model of instruction to teach students with special needs to use a planning strategy. Single-subject design was used. The three participants were elementary students from a small suburban school in southern New Jersey. The students have been identified as having disabilities, including Asperger Syndrome (AS) and multiple disabilities, and they have a history of writing problems. Participants were taught to use a planning strategy that utilizes a mnemonic to cue them to include various story elements. The participants wrote stories in response to speculative prompts during baseline, post-intervention, and maintenance phases. The impact of the instruction was measured in several ways. Participants' writing samples were scored for number of story elements and for overall quality using a holistic rubric. Participants' use of the planning strategy was measured by observation and collection of papers used in the writing process. Immediately following instruction, two participants used the planning strategy and wrote stories with more story elements and higher overall quality. One maintained these gains over 14 weeks. A third participant used the planning strategy but did not show gains in number of story elements or overall quality. Results indicated that SRSD instruction may have a positive impact on the writing performance of students with AS or multiple disabilities, but additional instruction is necessary for some students to integrate the strategy with other writing skills and to maintain its use over time. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: New Jersey