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ERIC Number: ED037442
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968
Pages: 174
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An Investigation of the Spelling Achievement of Two Groups of First-Grade Classes on Phonologically Regular and Irregular Words and in Written Composition.
Cramer, Ronald Lee
The effect of two methods of reading instruction on the spelling achievement of first-grade students was investigated. Ten first-grade classes received reading instruction utilizing the Language Experience Approach (LEA) and 11 received instruction utilizing the Basal Reader Approach (BRA). One spelling list of 40 phonologically regular words and another of 40 irregular words were constructed and administered twice to the students. Written composition samples were obtained at the same times. Twelve hypotheses were tested: four predicted that both classes would spell the regular words better than the irregular ones, and eight predicted that the students receiving LEA instruction would achieve significantly higher spelling scores than those receiving BRA instruction. Analysis of the data revealed that the Language Experience students spelled regular and irregular words significantly better both on the word lists and in written compositions than did the Basal Reader students, and that they spelled regular and irregular words with nearly equal proficiency. The Basal Reader classes spelled regular words with somewhat greater facility than they spelled irregular ones. (Author/LH)
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Note: Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Delaware