The Effects of Cognitive Organizers to Facilitate Content-Area Learning for Students with Mild Disabilities: A Pilot Study

Boon, Richard T.; Fore III, Cecil; Ayres, Kevin; Spencer, Vicky G.
June 2005
Journal of Instructional Psychology;Jun2005, Vol. 32 Issue 2, p101
Academic Journal
The purpose of this pilot study was to examine the effects of cognitive organizers using Inspiration 6 software to improve and enhance content-area learning in social studies for students with mild disabilities. Using a one-group, pre-posttest design, ten students with mild disabilities received instruction with the integration of technology-based strategy instruction. Dependent measures included a pretest, posttest, delayed posttest, and student satisfaction survey. Results indicated the students significantly improved from pre- to posttest measures and retained the declarative social studies knowledge for a period of one week. In addition, the students stated they enjoyed using the software in social studies instruction.


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