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A Study on Perceptions to Provide Literacy Instruction to Students with Multiple Disabilities

Rectenwald, Rachelle (2021) A Study on Perceptions to Provide Literacy Instruction to Students with Multiple Disabilities. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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Despite the push for increased opportunities for all children, literacy research for students with visual impairment and multiple disabilities is lacking. The aim of this study was to increase perceptions and confidence of staff in providing literacy instruction to this population of students. The study design incorporated quantitative measures, although opportunities existed for qualitative measures as well. The participants included twelve staff from a specialized school in the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States. Over the course of two months, staff participated in three, 45-minute professional development sessions. The three sessions included a review of current research on literacy, literacy for students who are nonverbal, and braille literacy. All participants completed a pre-survey and post-survey to determine any change in either perception or confidence in providing literacy instruction. The analysis showed a significantly higher agreement at post-survey compared to pre-survey for both perception and confidence, which were both statistically significant. At post-survey, all of the respondents felt that literacy instruction is appropriate for every student. Despite the small sample, the findings are encouraging for both practitioners and administrators.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Rectenwald, Rachellermr92@pitt.edurmr92
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairKerr, Mary
Committee MemberD'Andrea, Frances
Committee MemberTrovato,
Date: 31 August 2021
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 7 July 2021
Approval Date: 31 August 2021
Submission Date: 23 July 2021
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 100
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Education > Instruction and Learning
Degree: EdD - Doctor of Education
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: literacy, visual impairment, multiple disabilities, significant cognitive impairment, braille, professional development
Date Deposited: 31 Aug 2021 17:31
Last Modified: 31 Aug 2021 17:35


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