NotesFAQContact Us
Search Tips
ERIC Number: ED547905
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 223
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-2674-2826-4
Spelling and Spelling Motivation in High School Students with Writing Goals on Their Individualized Education Programs
Garbe, Elsie Helene
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Northern Illinois University
This study used a qualitative phenomenological approach within a constructivist paradigm to examine spelling and spelling motivation of four suburban Illinois high school students: two male seniors with LD, one male freshman with ADHD, and one female freshman with LD. The purposes of the study were to determine why students with writing goals and spelling objectives/benchmarks on their Individualized Education Programs continue to misspell words, identify their metacognitive thoughts while writing and spelling, and discover their thoughts on what would motivate them to spell correctly. Teacher and curriculum profiles documented relevant background information. Student profiles included age, grade, gender, the "Words Their Way Upper-Level Spelling Inventory" which determined each student's current spelling stage, and results of "Motivation to Write" and "Motivation to Spell Profiles" to measure students' perceptions of their motivational levels. The researcher collected an initial writing sample for each student from the special education Writing II classroom teacher in order to gather additional information about students' spelling. Three rounds of observations, writing sample reviews, and individual student interviews completed the data gathering. The findings of this study reflect students' perceptions. They believe spelling is important, but high school teachers do not provide instruction nor do they include accurate spelling in grading rubrics. Study participants do not know or remember learning spelling rules and have no framework to guide their spelling. Their primary spelling metacognition while writing is to limit word choice to those words they know how to spell correctly or to use words they know they cannot spell correctly if they believe doing so makes their writing more descriptive or richer. Students suggested they would be better motivated to spell correctly if spelling counted toward their grade, if teachers viewed it as important, or if they were competing with their peer students. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
ProQuest LLC. 789 East Eisenhower Parkway, P.O. Box 1346, Ann Arbor, MI 48106. Tel: 800-521-0600; Web site:
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Illinois