Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (M.A.)



First Advisor

Heath Lowry

First Committee Member

Carl D. Lang

Second Committee Member

Thomas Cy Coleman


It was the purpose of this study to develop and examine a pilot program relating reading instruction specifically to course content and to collect data for seeking answers to the following questions:

  1. Can the general reading ability of disabled readers who are considered slow learners be significantly improved by a program emphasizing the development of reading skills in relation to content in two required courses in the ninth grade?
  2. What areas of general reading ability, if any, can be improved by such a program?
  3. Can specific reading skills be improved by such a program?
  4. Which students, if any, benefit more from such a program?
  5. What modifications in (1) staff utilization, (2) classroom procedures, (3) teaching techniques, and (4) texts and other materials are necessary to develop such a program?



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