Date on Master's Thesis/Doctoral Dissertation


Document Type

Doctoral Dissertation

Degree Name

Ph. D.


Elementary, Middle & Secondary Teacher Education

Degree Program

Curriculum and Instruction, PhD

Committee Chair

Scott, Terrence

Committee Co-Chair (if applicable)

Lingo, Amy

Committee Member

Lingo, Amy

Committee Member

Immekus, Jason

Committee Member

Cooper, Justin

Author's Keywords

Behavior; pandemic education research; literacy; great leaps; direct instruction; elementary literacy


This dissertation is an examination of one reading fluency intervention presented in digital form. It begins as an overview of the academic challenges faced by students classified as emotional behavioral disorder in our P-12 schools, due to challenges accessing the curriculum. Children that also have reading fluency deficits have an even more difficult time accessing grade level curriculum. Several theories of education are presented, with a focus on instructivist theory. Instructivist theory focuses on such methodology as Applied Behavior Analysis, which includes Discreet Trial Training and direct instruction.Repeated reading is included. All of these are components of Great Leaps for Reading Digital, which is used in this study. Chapters one and two provide the literature review of the study, including emotional behavioral disorder, and the co-morbidity with reading deficits. Chapter three provides an overview of education methodology. Chapter four describes the study in detail, as well as results. Chapter five provides discussion of the results, as well as limitations and next steps.