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ERIC Number: ED579250
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 135
Abstractor: As Provided
ISBN: 978-0-3551-9063-2
An Investigation of a Cross-Content Vocabulary Intervention in an Urban Middle School
Cianciosi-Rimbey, Michelle
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh
This case study was designed to investigate the implementation of a cross-content academic vocabulary intervention in an urban school. Two aspects of the intervention were the focus of interest: student learning and teacher sensemaking. Participants included four content-area teachers and their sixth-grade students. Each week, students received instruction on general academic vocabulary words in their social studies, science, and math classes through a variety of activities. Results of the posttest revealed that students scoring in the basic/below basic categories on a state reading test showed statistically significant positive differences in their learning as compared to a comparison school and maintained those differences on the delayed posttest. Additionally, this investigation examined how teachers made sense of the intervention and how their sensemaking shaped implementation, an area that has been underexplored in similar studies. Teachers' sensemaking was influenced by a number of factors related to knowledge and experiences, policy initiatives, and the social context in which teachers worked. A number of adaptations were made to the program as a result of how teachers made sense of the intervention in their context. This investigation reveals the complex nature of intervention implementation in schools. It also provides evidence for the importance of attending to vocabulary learning in middle school grades. Even without high fidelity of implementation of the program, multiple exposures to words across varied contexts was shown to be effective with readers who did not demonstrate high levels of literacy achievement. [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: Middle Schools
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Language: English
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