ERIC Number: ED420966
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998
Sight Word Lists: Beneficial or a Waste of Time for Students with Disabilities?
This paper explores the use of sight word lists in the instruction of students with disabilities. A survey of 25 restaurants in a Midwestern U.S. city was conducted to examine the validity and efficacy of two widely accepted public school reading word lists. It was found that neither of the word lists contained more than 46 percent of the words contained in the study. The inappropriate use of available instructional time on commercially available sight word lists is discussed and recommendations are provided to a variety of educators to help them become more aware of the importance of analyzing their local community in designing educational curriculum for students with disabilities. Recommendations include: (1) future research is needed to determine the variability among various community reading requirements; (2) teachers should reexamine how they view success for their students to ensure that academic time is spent on meaningful learning experiences; (3) school districts should acquire a vast amount of information prior to the adoption of curriculum materials; (4) school districts should allocate resources to study their local community; and (5) teachers should explore instructional strategies that promote the generalization of skills from school to post-school environments. (Contains 21 references.) (Author/CR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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