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ERIC Number: ED061218
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1966-Jun
Pages: 29
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Application of Spelling Research.
Allred, Ruel A.
Curriculum Bulletin, v22 n268 p1-26 June 1966
Research findings on the subject of spelling have been compiled in this paper to assist individuals attempting to improve their effectiveness in the classroom. Investigations in spelling instruction have shown wide differences among students in all classes. These differences point to needs for classroom organization and instruction methods that will permit teachers to meet individual needs within their classrooms. Two major responsibilities of teachers of spelling are, first, wise choice of words to be taught, and second, application of effective teaching methods as they teach the selected words. Selection of words should be based on child and adult usage. These words have been largely determined by a series of well-conducted studies. Research in methodology has produced information that should be used by teachers as they organize for and decide on methods of instruction. The findings tend to support the following conclusions: (1) Children learn to spell many words in an incidental way as they study other subjects; (2) The column, or list, approach is more efficient than is the context approach; (3) Study steps have been determined which are helpful to children when they learn to spell a word; (4) The test-study-test approach is superior to the study-test approach from the middle of the third grade on; and (5) Children benefit from learning only a few spelling rules. Continued attention is recommended in the areas of spelling reform, application of past research and proven study steps and individualized instruction. (Author/CK)
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