Date of Award

Spring 5-15-2020

Document Type

Project (696 or 796 registration)

Degree Name

Master of Science in Special Education


Graduate Studies

Committee Chair

Ximena Suarez-Sousa


Special Education, Math, Social Scripts, Communication, Problem Solving, Covid-19 school closure


The purpose of this research study was to report the effect social scripts have on the ability to increase communication and understanding during partner work in math for students with autism. The study was made up of 9 participants, all of whom were enrolled in the same special education pull out math class. Data was collected through observations to identify the frequency of scripted and unscripted communicative questions and responses, along with understanding of the math activity. Data was also collected through a survey at the beginning and end of the study to obtain student feedback on social scripts and identify student understanding of the benefits of communicating with peers during partner work. However, due to the Covid-19 school closure this research was not able to be completed.

With the unexpected closing of schools due to Covid-19 the purpose of this research study became to document the experience of a teacher during the Covid-19 school closure through an autoethnographical qualitative research design. The researcher selected this form of data collection because it allowed them to collect a self-narrative of their experience during a national crisis. The research was conducted through daily journal entries. Once the data had been collected the researched analyzed the information and formed common themes that occurred during the experience. The results of this research will provide a platform for the researcher to approach any future crisis as a teacher.

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