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Date of Award


Culminating Project Type

Starred Paper

Degree Name

Special Education: M.S.


Special Education


School of Education

First Advisor

Dr. Bradley Kaffar

Second Advisor

Dr. Michael Pickle

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

Keywords and Subject Headings

morphological awareness


Literacy is essential for academic success, but many students read below grade level. The purpose of this article is to determine if morphological awareness--the ability to recognize word parts and their meanings--is an effective intervention for struggling readers. I analyzed data from twelve research studies and found that students who learned morphology made reading comprehension gains 75 percent of the time; in addition, potential design flaws in the remaining three studies may have contributed to lower performance from the experimental groups. These results have promising implications for teachers and their students with reading disabilities, language impoverishment, and alternate language constructs.



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