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ERIC Number: ED549993
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 259
Abstractor: As Provided
ISBN: 978-1-2671-7063-7
Students with Reading Disabilities Participating in Literature Discussions: A Case Study
O'Brien, Elysha Patino
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
This qualitative case study addressed a lack of research concerning literature discussions for students with learning disabilities in reading. Fourth and fifth grade students with reading disabilities participated in twice-weekly literature discussions, 30-to-60 minutes each, for 12 weeks. The students attended a Title I school and most were Hispanic males. Together, they read and discussed five postmodern picturebooks. The purpose of the study was to understand (a) reader responses to the illustrations, text, and postmodern features of the books, and (b) the individual reader's response habits. Situated within a sociocultural frame, the theories guiding this study pertained to language development and learning, literacy instruction and reader response, and disability and disability studies. A cross-comparative approach was used to analyze data from transcripts, analytical memos, and researcher fieldnotes. Reader responses were complex and sophisticated. Findings called into question definitions of reading and what constitutes a learning disability in reading. [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: Grade 4; Intermediate Grades; Elementary Education; Grade 5; Middle Schools
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Language: English
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