Thesis Title

Geostatistical Analysis of Plant Communities At Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve, Kansas

Date of Graduation

Spring 2006

Degree

Master of Science in Geospatial Sciences

Department

Geography, Geology and Planning

Committee Chair

L. Monika Moskal

Keywords

augmentative and alternative communication, literacy, direct instruction, phonological awareness, spelling

Subject Categories

Botany | Remote Sensing

Abstract

This study provided tailored literacy instruction to one participant who uses an augmentative communication device for his primary means of communication and participation. The participant's literacy skills were assessed using adapted formal tests and informal measures. Based on assessment results, phonological awareness of short vowels was selected as the primary target for intervention. Seventeen intervention sessions were completed, which included direct instruction and generalization activities. While the participant demonstrated gains on data collected during intervention, the increases on formal pre- and post-tests were modest and standard error of measure rendered interpretation of these scores problematic. However, the participant's scores did increase on targets (discriminating sounds and segmenting real and nonsense words) during intervention sessions. This will be discussed more fully in the Results and Discussion sections of this paper. Finally, school personnel completed surveys and a focus group was held to gather feedback on the program.

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© Jennifer L. Haack

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