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Walsh, Jennifer B.; Hord, Casey – Learning Disabilities: A Contemporary Journal, 2019
In this exploratory case study, the researchers conducted a qualitative analysis of six teaching sessions to describe the use of gestures and diagrams by a teacher and her students with learning disabilities when engaging in secondary level algebra (e.g., Algebra I & II content). The teacher and her students used gestures, such as pointing and…
Descriptors: High School Students, Secondary School Mathematics, Mathematics Instruction, Algebra
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Duchaine, Ellen L.; Jolivette, Kristine; Fredrick, Laura D.; Alberto, Paul A. – Learning Disabilities: A Contemporary Journal, 2018
Students with academic, social, and emotional disabilities often demonstrate challenging behaviors and struggle to remain focused on the lesson, learn less that their peers, resulting in lower academic achievement. Research has demonstrated that the more actively engaged students are in the lesson, the more they learn, and therefore the more…
Descriptors: Disabilities, Behavior Problems, Inclusion, Learner Engagement
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Snow, Carrie C. – Learning Disabilities: A Contemporary Journal, 2017
In this essay, I reflect on over 15 years of experience in the field of special education to explore diverse ways of engaging students in opinion and argument writing. I outline, according to the Common Core standards, the progression of writing in the early years with an emphasis on opinion writing through the later elementary, middle, and high…
Descriptors: Opinions, Persuasive Discourse, Writing (Composition), Special Education
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Shivers, James; Levenson, Cyra; Tan, Mei – Learning Disabilities: A Contemporary Journal, 2017
A vibrant theory of change capable of fueling critical practice may be an indispensable feature of teaching argument in secondary education. According to the PIE model (Perception, Interpretation, Expression), layers of experience build a cognitive scaffold to support the development of critical skills. In addition, incorporating works of art and…
Descriptors: Visual Literacy, Creativity, Persuasive Discourse, Writing Instruction
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Boon, Richard T.; Paal, Michael; Hintz, Anna-Maria; Cornelius-Freyre, Melissa – Learning Disabilities: A Contemporary Journal, 2015
The purpose of this article is to provide a review on the effectiveness of story mapping to improve the reading comprehension skills of middle and high school (Grades 6-12) students with learning disabilities (LD). An extensive review of the special education research-base revealed twelve (N = 12) story mapping intervention studies that met our…
Descriptors: Reading Comprehension, Learning Disabilities, Intervention, Middle School Students
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De La Paz, Susan – Learning Disabilities: A Contemporary Journal, 2013
This article provides a review of effective and reform-based approaches to instruction that focus on teaching and learning of history for students with LD. Historical thinking goals, such as learning to think like a historian, to develop contextualized understandings, and to apply domain-specific approaches when reading and writing with primary…
Descriptors: History Instruction, United States History, Learning Disabilities, Educational Change
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Lackaye, Timothy; Margalit, Malka – Learning Disabilities: A Contemporary Journal, 2008
The goals of this study were to (a) examine differences between two age groups of adolescents with and without learning disabilities (LD) in their general and specific self-efficacy beliefs (in history and mathematics), their academic achievement (in history and mathematics), and their loneliness, effort, and hope; and (b) identify predictors of…
Descriptors: Self Efficacy, Learning Disabilities, Academic Achievement, Psychological Patterns
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Boon, Richard T.; Burke, Mack D.; Fore, Cecil, III; Hagan-Burke, Shanna – Learning Disabilities: A Contemporary Journal, 2006
The purpose of this study was to conduct a systematic replication of a previous study (Boon, Burke, Fore, & Spencer, 2006) on the effects of computer-generated cognitive organizers using Inspiration 6 software versus a traditional textbook instruction format on students' ability to comprehend social studies content information in high school…
Descriptors: Textbooks, Mild Disabilities, Educational Technology, Social Studies
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Bulgren, Janis A.; Marquis, Janet G.; Deshler, Donald D.; Schumaker, Jean B.; Lenz, B. Keith; Davis, Betsy; Grossen, Bonnie – Learning Disabilities: A Contemporary Journal, 2006
The purpose of this study was to gain information about the high school general educational context for students with and without disabilities. A questionnaire was administered to general education teachers who taught required high school courses in which students with disabilities and students who were low achievers were enrolled. Instructional…
Descriptors: High Schools, General Education, Attitudes toward Disabilities, Low Achievement
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Deshler, Donald D.; Lenz, B. Keith; Bulgren, Janis; Schumaker, Jean B.; Davis, Betsy; Grossen, Bonnie; Marquis, Janet – Learning Disabilities: A Contemporary Journal, 2004
The purpose of this investigation was two-fold: (1) to gather descriptive information in the areas of salient student characteristics, level of participation in general education classes, current level of functioning, and student outcomes (e.g., GPAs, performance on state or national exams) for students with disabilities (SWDs) in high school…
Descriptors: High Schools, High School Students, Special Needs Students, Grade Point Average