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ERIC Number: ED261337
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Apr
Pages: 32
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Spelling Achievement of Average Ability Students, Grade 7.
Voorhees, Patricia Jean
A study was conducted to determine whether the VAK teaching method, using color coding as a motivational tool, improves spelling achievement more effectively than a more conventional method. The VAK method is a multisensory approach to teaching reading and spelling through the visual, auditory, kinesthetic, and tactile modalities. Forty-three seventh graders, divided into two groups, were pretested using the Wide Range Achievement Test (WRAT) to determine spelling grade level. During the next 15 weeks, one group received spelling instruction using the conventional study/test method, while the other group received the study/test method and additional instruction using the VAK method. The kinesthetic part of the procedure was implemented by color coding the spelling words studied each week. Students were then posttested using the WRAT. The results indicated that the multisensory approach helped some students retain words for a longer period of time. Students receiving instruction with the VAK method appeared to be more interested in doing the spelling task each week and felt that tracing the word with colored markers helped keep their interests and motivated them to complete their work. (Tables of data are included.) (HTH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses
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Language: English
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