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ERIC Number: EJ970690
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 63
ISSN: ISSN-0014-4029
Reading Comprehension Profiles of High-Functioning Students on the Autism Spectrum: A Grounded Theory
Williamson, Pamela; Carnahan, Christina R.; Jacobs, Jennifer A.
Exceptional Children, v78 n4 p449-469 Sum 2012
Using a constructivist grounded theory approach, this study sought to understand what influences reading comprehension and how meaning is made from text among high-functioning individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Using a think-aloud procedure, 13 individuals ages 7-13 with ASD read 16 passages at their instructional reading level. Passages varied by genre, length, and picture support. Sessions were audio-recorded, transcribed verbatim, and then analyzed using open coding, axial coding, and selective coding. The grounded theory resulted in 3 comprehension profiles including imaginative, strategic, and text bound. Future research and implications for classroom interventions are discussed. (Contains 3 tables and 4 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Oral and Written Language Scales; Clinical Evaluation of Language Fundamentals