Theses and Dissertations

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)


Abraham S. Fischler College of Education


Steven A. Hecht

Committee Member

Carole Trueman


This study proposed Edward de Bono’s Six Thinking Hats as an intervention to enhance SLD students’ reading comprehension skills. The study described the Six Thinking Hats intervention as a method that used six diverse thought processes. A narrative review further discussed how the compilation of strategies is needed to help improve reading development skills for SLD students. Additionally, the study described several theoretical frameworks for the study: construction-integration model, event index model, and the metacognitive theory.

The study used a quantitative approach to answer the research questions that focused on comparing statistical differences between an experimental group and a control group.The study utilized an experimental design that implemented Achieve 3000’s Level Set test as a pretest-posttest to measure students’ Lexile levels. Additionally, a criterion-referenced test was used as a pretest-posttest to assess the six cognitive abilities of the Six Thinking Hats for the experimental and control group.

Participants of the study were Grade 9 and Grade 10 students enrolled in Intensive Reading classes at a Florida high school.

The results of this study showed no statistically significant difference in using the Six Thinking Hats with SLD students. However, the researcher believes that this approach can be beneficial with this population of students with modifications to implementation.