Spring 2-22-2016



Degree Name


Primary Advisor/Dissertation Chair

Betsy Parrish

Secondary Advisor/Reader One

Adele Hansen

Peer-Reviewer/Reader Two

Elizabeth O’Brien


This capstone project researches the question, What should be included in a criticalthinking curricular resource guide to address Saudi IEP students’ difficulties with academic reading skills? The author reviews literature documenting the mismatch between the way reading is perceived and taught in Saudi Arabia versus the United States and describes the resulting challenges for Saudi IEP learners seeking to transition to American degree programs. These findings, along with researchers’ recommendations for incorporating critical-thinking strategies into academic reading and writing instruction, inform the design of the author’s curricular resource guide. The guide supports teachers by mapping out specific critical-thinking and reading strategies to use in the IEP classroom, which are embedded within four stand-alone reading units featuring classroom activities for the pre-reading, while-reading, and post-reading stages, with online texts at a sixth- to eighth-grade reading level. The author concludes with recommendations for implementing the guide and suggestions for future research.

Research Methodology

Curriculum Development


Curriculum, Multicultural Education, Reading, Critical Thinking

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