Date of Award


Degree Name

Special Education

Type of Degree


Document Type

Research Paper

First Advisor

Lori Howard


In the current study, the effect of using graphic organizers as a teaching method in a special education classroom was compared to the effectiveness of lecture style teaching in a regular education classroom. It was hypothesized that the use of graphic organizers in a special education classroom would result in a greater difference between the pre-and post-test measures than the group that was taught using lecture style instruction. Each classroom was given the same pre-test, followed by four weeks of instruction, then the same post-test. A paired samples t-test indicated that there was a significant difference observed in both groups, but the difference in the group of students that were taught using graphic organizers was greater, indicating that this teaching style was more effective for students in the special education setting.


CISP 615 Special Education Research


Special education teachers.

Graphic organizers in education.