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Children with disabilities -- Education -- Reading; Brain-damaged children -- Education;


The present study-investigated the effectiveness of Robinson's (1970) PQRST technique for improving reading comprehension in two 10 year old boys with mild to moderate traumatic brain injury (TBI). A counterbalanced cross-over design was utilized and Smith and Dauer's (1984) think-aloud technique was used as an attention control condition. A third, 10 year old, boy without a history of TBI also participated in the study for comparison purposes and received no active intervention. The PQRST technique was successful in improving several measures of reading comprehension. While the study was not designed to definitively identify the technique's generalizability or long-term benefits, effectiveness of the PQRST technique did demonstrate generalizability to regular classroom materials, as well as some long-term benefits of strategy instruction. Speculations regarding the active components of the PQRST strategy are discussed.

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Specialist in Education


Department of Educational Psychology and Foundations

First Advisor

Donald W. Schmits

Second Advisor

MaryAnn Roberts

Third Advisor

Penny Beed


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