ERIC Number: ED190986
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Apr-19
Reference Count: 0
Learning to Spell from Word Lists.
Friedman, Marianne K.
Research was conducted to explore questions relating to the nature of spelling word lists. Word lists from 248 spelling books from 32 publishers' series, grades one through eight, were analyzed. Of the spellers, 17 series were published between 1930 and 1940 and 15 are published currently. A total of 8,645 words from the 1940 era programs and 10,853 words in the current series were recorded. Findings indicated a drift away from words selected on the basis of spelling regularity or irregularity and toward selection on the basis of reading curricula. There were 111 words that appeared in 15 or more series in both the 1940 and current lists. Only 33% of the words used to teach spelling rules in current programs were selected by five or more authors, while 55% of the 1940 words were selected by five or more authors, indicating that at the earlier period of time words were selected from a common source. (MKM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Illinois Branch of the Orton Society, Inc., Seminar (Palatine, IL, April 19, 1980).