Capstone/Dissertation Title

The Impact of Robust Vocabulary Instruction on Attitudes and Behaviors Toward Vocabulary Learning

Term

Spring 4-20-2015

Capstone

Thesis

Degree Name

MAESL

Primary Advisor/Dissertation Chair

Anne DeMuth

Secondary Advisor/Reader One

Anne Rogan

Peer-Reviewer/Reader Two

Maddy Brown

Abstract

This study investigates the effects of Robust Vocabulary Instruction (RVI) on student attitudes toward vocabulary learning, vocabulary learning strategies, and classroom behavior. It also examines if attitudinal and behavioral changes are different for English learners (ELs) and native English speakers (NSs). The intervention described in this study was conducted over a five-month period with seven students in a fourth grade classroom. Data collected over the course of the intervention suggest that a majority of participants gained an increased appreciation of the importance of vocabulary skills, and an increased interest in words and word play. A majority of students exhibited or reported increased confidence toward academic vocabulary, reduced test anxiety, and improved classroom behavior. Data suggest that RVI impacted NSs learning strategies and behaviors more than ELs.

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