Students with learning disabilities and the World Wide Web: Teaching information problem solving to improve expository report writing
Svjetlana Curcic, Michigan State University, United States
Michigan State University . Awarded
This study examined the effectiveness of instruction in learning with the Word Wide Web (the Web) in which 20 seventh and eighth grade students with a learning disability in reading (LD) were taught information problem solving skills. An experimental pretest-posttest repeated measure design was used to investigate the effects of intervention in which the treatment group was instructed in the Big6 Skills model to information problem solving. Both groups used an Essay map as a visual organizer.
Both groups significantly improved in the quality of writing and navigation. The results show that the treatment group significantly outperformed the control group on the measure of text length. The treatment group posttest scores showed a significant improvement in writing organization. Correlational analyses showed no significant differences between the control and treatment group in prior knowledge, motivation, or gender.
Curcic, S. Students with learning disabilities and the World Wide Web: Teaching information problem solving to improve expository report writing. Ph.D. thesis, Michigan State University.
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