ERIC Number: ED181458
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: 0
Morphographic Spelling: Preliminary Evaluation. Research Report 79-07.
Isaacs, L. M.; Stennett, R. G.
Although students definitely improve their spelling skills when exposed to the Morphographic Spelling program (a set of rules that helps students analyze virtually any spoken English word for correct spelling), there are several questions about the program still unanswered. A limited study in London, England, to determine the effectiveness of using the program involved ten teachers and 137 students from grades five through eight including students in special learning disability classes. The students were pretested and posttested using the Morrison-McCall spelling scale and instructed in Morphographic Spelling for a period of six to nine months. As a result, 115 students made at least one month's gain in spelling skills. Unanswered questions about the program include whether the growth noted is educationally significant, whether students can realistically achieve the program's claim of learning to spell in excess of 12,000 words by the end of the program, and whether the program's single focus on teaching students to spell, eliminating other significant language skills such as word derivations, would necessitate using the program in addition to, rather than instead of, regular spelling programs. (AEA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: London Board of Education (Ontario). Educational Research Services.