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ERIC Number: ED420856
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-May
Pages: 84
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Improving Student Spelling Performance through the Use of Effective Teaching Strategies.
Medrano, Christina; Zych, Kathleen
This paper describes a program for instilling spelling strategies to increase spelling transfer across the curriculum. The targeted population consisted of first and second grade students in two middle-class communities located in the western suburbs of a large metropolitan area. The problems of students lacking spelling strategies and their inability to transfer their knowledge of spelling skills were documented through data revealing the large amount of students whose daily spelling is poor, despite appropriate achievement on spelling tests. Analysis of probable cause data revealed that traditional spelling programs placed little emphasis on spelling proficiency across the curriculum. Additionally, data indicated a lack of teacher's knowledge of effective spelling instruction, and the students' lack of skills and strategies. A review of solution strategies combined with an analysis of the problem setting resulted in the selection of two major categories of intervention: the implementation of effective spelling strategy instruction; and the implementation of activities to promote spelling transfer in daily writing. Post intervention data indicated an increase in students' use of effective spelling strategies and ability to transfer their knowledge of spelling skills into daily writing. (Contains 33 references and 6 tables of data. Appendixes contain tests, survey instruments, worksheets, checklists, and writing samples.) (Author/RS)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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