Using WebQuests to Promote Reading Comprehension for Students with Learning Disabilities
Monday, March 6 3:00-3:30 PM
This study examined students’ ability to improve their reading comprehension through WebQuests that included instruction on story maps and online story reading. Seven students with learning disabilities at the middle school level participated in the study. During each session, students independently on their own computer read a story, reviewed story structure (plot, character, setting, and theme), filled in a story map, and answered a short comprehension quiz, as they navigated through the WebQuest. After five WebQuests, a survey gauged their perceptions of the experience. Students correctly identified the terms plot, character, setting and theme, but had difficulties applying the concepts of story structure to their readings. Overall, students found the WebQuests to be informative and help them with their reading.