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ERIC Number: ED590963
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Pages: 108
Abstractor: As Provided
ISBN: 978-0-4385-4926-5
The Impact of Interactive Word Walls in a United States History Classroom: An Action Research Study
Jones, Paketrice
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, University of South Carolina
As a scholar practitioner, the goal is to use the most effective teaching strategies available to help eighth-grade social studies students retain the vocabulary from each unit of study and increase both their short- and long-term memories. The problem identified for this action research was that the current use of the word wall (WW) vocabulary retention tool was not successful in accomplishing this goal. Further, I observed that students were not performing at grade level on the district mandated benchmarks at the end of each quarter. Using Mertler's (2014) four phases of conducting a study, I reviewed literature to discover what was known about teaching strategies to enhance content area vocabulary retention. The present study involved the implementation of an interactive version of the word wall (IWW). The six-week intervention included four weeks of interactive activities that used a multimodal approach to learning with the goal of enhancing learning through active participation. Qualitative and quantitative data was collected to measure the effectiveness of the intervention. The research question was aligned with the identified problem of practice (PoP) and states: "What are the effects of an IWW enhancement strategy on the retention of social studies vocabulary when implemented in an eighth-grade social studies class?" [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:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Grade 8; Junior High Schools; Middle Schools; Elementary Education; Secondary Education
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Language: English
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